Q: How can schools be underfunded when my property taxes are so high? A: The state distributes property taxes to schools using a complex funding formula that has allowed the state to decrease what it pays for schools and increase the burden on local property taxpayers.
Q: Shouldn’t the state encourage school choice to increase competition and improve educational outcomes? A: Texas public schools already provide a variety of programs that ensure unique learning opportunities for students. Also, additional choices don’t necessarily equate to high-quality choices.
Q: Why shouldn’t schools be graded like students so parents know how they are performing? A: Research shows that A–F grading systems don’t accurately reflect the performance of all students and oversimplify the work done by Texas schools.
Q: How do our students compare to others in the US in math? A: Fourth and eighth graders take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) each year. Texas fourth and eighth graders scored a 244 in 2015, higher than the national average score (240).