Funding Cuts Affect Students
During the recession and budget shortfall of 2011, the legislature cut approximately $5.3 billion from public schools. The effects were dramatic, with increased class sizes, program cuts (including full-day pre-k), and programmatic changes. The cuts were only partially restored in 2013 and 2015, and schools continue to do more with less. Deep budget cuts immediately impact school districts, while the full extent of the damage is not evident until much later. The complete effects of the 2011 cuts may not be fully realized for several more years.
Due to complex funding formulas in state statute used to distribute public funds to schools, students in certain geographic and socioeconomic areas of the state also suffer from inequities in school funding distribution, limiting the opportunities available compared with wealthier districts.
Raise Your Hand Texas supports fully funding public schools according to adequate and equitable measures. We also support funding future student enrollment growth and giving campus leaders the resources they need to innovate and deliver the highest quality education to all students.