AUSTIN (AP) — The Legislature’s $5-plus billion in 2011 cuts to public education mean that Texas’ classroom funding still lags behind its pre-Great Recession levels due to booming enrollment growth — with low-income students hit hardest.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Thursday by University of Texas professor Michael Marder and Chandra Villanueva, of the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities.READ MORE: Man Wanted For Allegedly Attacking CVS Employee At Dallas Store
They found that, despite increased funding more recently, bringing 2016’s public education funding levels up to 2008’s would require an extra $3.2 billion.READ MORE: Texas Rolls Out Plan To Vaccinate 5 To 11-Year-Olds Against COVID-19
That meant middle schools spent $268 per-student less and high schools spent $428 less.
Also since 2008, elementary schools with the highest percentage of low-income students cut spending on programs for youngsters falling behind their peers by 21 percent. Those schools’ bilingual education program funding fell 40 percent.MORE NEWS: 2 Children Killed, Several Others Injured After Fort Worth Drag Racer Slams Into Spectators At Race
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