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  • State Decreased Funding 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 fundsLottery funds make up around 5% of total funding for schools. Infographic source (pdf)
  • Equally Funded Based on the state’s funding formula, per-student funding varies across the state— up to $3,264 per child. Infographic source
  • Student Enrollment Each year, Texas public schools admit an additional 80,000 students. Infographic source
  • Central Administration
    Central administration accounts for the smallest share of public education spending at 2.9 percent. Infographic source (pdf)
  • Extracurricular activitiesOnly 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 Vouchers
    School voucher programs do not have a track record of success. Infographic source (pdf)
  • Property Values

  • 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
  • Ranked Superior

    The state's school financial accountability rating system, known as the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST), ensures that Texas public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices and that they improve those practices. Infographic source

  • Property Taxes The Legislature will shift more school costs to your property taxes—banking on an increase in property values of 7.04 percent in 2018, and 6.77 percent in 2019. Infographic source
  • State aid to school districts has dropped, even as enrollment has increased. Infographic source (pdf)