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Waco Chamber: Stop Shifting Funding Burden to Schools

An editorial in the Waco Tribune points out that for Texas’ future economic growth and vitality, our broken property tax system must be addressed. That starts with fixing the state’s method of funding public education.

The editorial notes that per-pupil state funding for education is less every year, with current spending levels below prerecession levels of 2008 before accounting for inflation. “Adjusted for inflation, in 2015 dollars, Texas was spending $10,260 per student in 2009–2010. Today we spend just $8,935,” the editorial points out. That puts Texas at 43rd in the nation in per-pupil spending on education.

With state funding for public education decreasing from around 45 percent to 36 percent in the coming biennium, school districts have to make up the difference by raising local property taxes.

Read “State deserves some blame for ire over rising property values, tax rates,” by Jessica Attas, director of public policy for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

September 22, 2017