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Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

from The Texas Tribune, by Ross Ramsey, 7/13/15 –

Photo by Jennifer Whitney  A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.

Photo by Jennifer Whitney
A reading assistant reads on the classroom floor with a small group of fourth graders at Wanke Elementary School in San Antonio on March 9, 2012.

Texas has more kids in public school than 28 states have residents.

The student population here — 5.1 million — is in the same ballpark as the total population of Colorado.

And you can see the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.

That syncs up with recent numbers from the Office of the State Demographer, which says Hispanics will outnumber Anglos by 2020 — that’s five years from now — and will account for more than half of the state’s population by 2042.

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EMPOWERTEXANS – Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

From EMPOWERTEXANS, by Michael Quinn Sullivan, 02/20/2013 –

“It’s a good thing we don’t get all the government we pay for.” — Will Rogers

Michael_Quinn_Sullivan-1Which is better, Friend: legislators playing flag football, or playing with your money? Before you answer, consider that at least one Republican state senator says you need to be
paying higher taxes.

Two-Thirds Rule
First the good news… Two of the state’s Taxpayer Champions are seeking greater protections against tax hikes. Sen. Brian Birdwell of Granbury and Rep. Bryan Hughes of Mineola have proposed amending the state constitution to require a two-thirds majority before the legislature can create or increase state taxes.

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Report assails Texas school districts’ accounting methods

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, By Will Weissert, The Associated Press, March 27, 2012 – 

AUSTIN — Texas public schools use such opaque accounting practices that no average person can determine how they are spending the billions in state funds they get every year, making it impossible to design a fair and efficient education system, a new privately funded report says.

Title “No Financial Accountability” and released Tuesday night, the report concludes that school districts dutifully follow state rules and provide copious amounts of data in their annual financial statements. But it also says they lump large expenditures into nebulous categories such as “instruction,” which can mean any number of things, such as how much teachers are paid or the cost of insuring students in driver’s education.

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