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Texas Public Schools: Achieving More with Less!

Texas public schools are achieving encouraging results with significantly lower funding compared to counterparts like New York. Despite an expenditure per pupil of $12,374, which is nearly half of New York's $25,597, Texas educators and students are showcasing their unwavering dedication and skill. The 2022 NAEP results, also known as the Nation's Report Card, highlight this achievement. In 4th grade math and reading, Texas students, including those from White, Black, Asian, and non-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, scored higher than their counterparts in New York. This success is a testament to the hard work and innovative teaching strategies employed by Texas educators, as well as the resilience and diligence of Texas students.

However, these achievements also shine a light on the potential for even greater success with increased investment. Imagine the heights our students could reach if they had the same level of financial resources as students in New York. Equitable funding is not just about balancing budgets; it's about unlocking the full potential of every student. With additional resources, Texas public schools could expand access to advanced programs, enhance technology infrastructure, provide more personalized support, and invest in professional development for educators. These investments would not only elevate academic outcomes but also foster a more robust and inclusive learning environment for all students.

As we celebrate the accomplishments of Texas public schools, let us also advocate for equitable funding that empowers educators and students to reach new heights of excellence. The data speaks volumes about what can be achieved with determination and hard work, but it also serves as a call to action for investment in our students' future success.

Note: The listed 2019-20 funding of $12,374 per pupil in Texas does not reflect the full financial reality. Lawmakers have not increased the basic allotment of $6,160 since 2019, despite inflationary price increases of up to 19% on everything, including supplies, utilities, and other school operational expenses. The state tends to adjust the figures to portray a more optimistic view of the financial landscape than what truly exists. This article from TASB goes into more detail about the myths versus reality of school finance.


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