Total Texas public school expenditures increased 334.5 percent from 1987 to 2007, an increase of 142 percent when adjusting for inflation.
Director, Center for Fiscal Policy
Texas Public Policy Foundation
The need to find cost savings in the Texas budget will lead policymakers to look closely at the $32 billion of GR spent on Texas public schools each biennium. The inefficiencies in the education system promise to yield significant savings to help budget writers balance the budget within available revenue. But the savings cannot be achieved unless the state, school districts, and institutions of higher education are willing to radically change the ways they do business.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation has completed a comprehensive review of the Texas state budget, going through each agency line-by-line to identify opportunities for the Texas Legislature to craft a budget that is responsible, balanced, and within current revenues. Today, we issue our first set of specific recommendations – on Article III, the section dealing with K-12 and higher education.
By setting the right priorities and targeting wasteful and extraneous spending, the Texas Legislature can meet its mandate to provide quality K-12 and higher education to the people of Texas at a general revenue spending level more than $10 billion below that of the current state budget.