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  • The State of Texas reduced per-student funding by $339. When adjusted for inflation, this amounts to a $795 per-student decrease. Funding reductions took place despite rising costs and increasing mandates. Infographic source
  • Lottery funds make up around 5% of total funding for schools. Infographic source (pdf)
  • Based on the state’s funding formula, per-student funding varies across the state— up to $3,264 per child. Infographic source
  • Each year, Texas public schools admit an additional 80,000 students. Infographic source

  • Central administration accounts for the smallest share of public education spending at 2.9 percent. Infographic source (pdf)
  • Only 3% of the average school district’s total budget is spent on all extracurricular activities, which includes sports, clubs, and other programs. Funding for athletic facilities and other campus buildings come from bonds approved by local citizens. Bond money approved for facilities cannot be used to fund school operations. Infographic source (pdf)

  • School voucher programs do not have a track record of success. Infographic source (pdf)

  • When property values rise, state aid revenue for schools drops while local tax revenue for schools rises. Some districts already have high levels of property wealth, and when their values continue to rise, these districts send more revenue to the state through the recapture system (also known as the Robin Hood system). The state is using property value growth and recaptured dollars for other priorities outside of education. Infographic source