Money matters in education.

Funding high-quality public education is an investment in the next generation and the future prosperity of our state. Early education, high performing teachers, and engaging classroom experiences are all linked to greater student achievement, and all require sufficient resources to implement correctly.

The state’s failure to invest in the students of Texas is seen in the low levels of post-secondary degrees and certificates earned by our high school graduates. Only 21 percent of eighth graders earned any type of post-secondary credential within six years of their expected high school graduation.

About 5.4 million kids rely on the Texas public education system to prepare them to contribute positively to the state and the economy. That’s a lot of kids – in fact, one of every ten students in the country is in a Texas classroom. This means that even the smallest improvements in funding can carry a very large price tag.

Fortunately, Texas is not a poor state, just a low taxing state. The Legislature continuously chooses tax cuts over kids except when faced with court orders to improve school funding. 

The final installment of our 5-part series on school finance highlights the legal challenges that led to greater investments in our schools. We look at the choices the Legislature has made to limit the amount of revenue available for schools and other state priorities, and options for improving the state’s revenue system.

Read more to find out where lawmakers can find revenue to support public schools.