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2011 Public Ed Funding Cuts Have Consequences

A new report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) details the lasting impact of Texas’ 2011 funding cuts to public education. Some might think Texas public schools have fully recovered from the $5.3 billion cuts, but an analysis of the data shows that they have had lasting negative effects.

“The result was a funding hole, five years long and five billion dollars deep,” CPPP said. “Futhermore, when funding was cut, the effects fell disproportionately on programs serving low-income students.” The state has not yet returned to the prerecession per-student funding level of 2008. Students needing extra support—which costs more to provide—were hit hardest by the cuts.

Read Consequences of the Texas Public School Funding Hole of 2011–16 by Dr. Michael Marder and Chandra King Villanueva.

October 5, 2017