It’s as simple as ABC. Money matters in public education. The quality of education delivered is directly related to schools quantity of resources. Texas relies on property taxes to fund schools. Texas law requires the state to contribute to education funding, but the state share has declined nearly 50% in 2008 to a projected 38% by 2019. That means local funding fills the gap through your property taxes and even if you pay more in taxes, that money doesn’t go as far as it used to. Texas school funding doesn’t take into account inflation, so $1.00 in 2008 is now only worth 85 cents.
School districts continue to grow increasing by nearly 1 million students in that same time period. Well-funded schools are able to maintain small class sizes, attract and retain high quality teachers, engage students with arts, music, and computer science programs. Register to vote and make sure law makers know what you think about education funding.
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