Impact of Texas budget cuts on education

21 Jun

“Public schools would receive about $4 billion less in state aid compared with what they’d get under current formulas through the next two years. Plus $1.4 billion for other public education programs and instructional materials would be cut.

State funds to higher education would be cut by about $1.2 billion, although that would be softened a bit by funds allocated in separate legislation. Tens of thousands fewer students would get college financial aid than in the current two-year budget period.”

Mind you: we have more than $6 billion in reserve monies in the Rainy Day Funds that we refuse to tap in to. What’s more important: keeping that portion of money untapped so Texas can be seen as a beacon for financial responsiblity, or using our position as the key state in legislating public education to actually maintain a solid foundation for our education system?

There still has to be a special session for the cut in public education to be finalized, but special sessions are basically a rouse where Perry gets to call in his hand-picked favorites to make judgments based on his agenda, so it’s going to get pushed through.

This is going to be the first time since 1949 that Texas will cut funding for public education.  This isn’t just a slight cut, this is a 20-percent cut.

Texas may have the second largest economy in the country, but experts are reporting the initial budget proposal may have cost Texas 300,000 future jobs.

Solid work, Perry.

By the way, the whole Texas is a beacon of financial responsibility thing is tongue-in-cheek.  We’ve recouped 51-percent of jobs lost post-recession compared to 13-percent nationwide yet we have the lowest state spending per capita.  Cutting money for education when 70,000 new kids enroll in Texas schools per day is not going to alleviate any financial crisis.  It’s just going to raise property taxes for local residents and create another dilemma for homeowners.

Good work, Perry.


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