- If Texas’ 1,035 school districts were a single company, it would be the fifth largest employer… in the world!
- Only half of public school employees are teachers.
- Since 2004, the number of kids in public schools has increased 7%. The number of support and administrative personnel? 20%.
- Reducing the number of non-teachers to a 3-teacher to 2-non-teacher ratio would save more than$3 billion!
- In the last decade, total spending rose nearly five times as fast as enrollment (95.3 percent versus 19.7 percent)
- These increases cannot be explained solely by inflation, as the growth in per-pupil spending has greatly exceeded the general inflation rate
- Public and higher education together constitute the largest category of state spending by far, accounting for 41.4 percent of all appropriations and 60.7 percent of general revenue spending in the 2010-11 biennium
- Over the past decade, Texas school districts’ spending on debt service has grown 160 percent, much faster than all other portions of school budgets
- Texas’ public school districts spent $11,567 per student in 2008-09
- State spending not included in reported school district expenditures, such as textbook purchases and other direct state expenditures lifted total spending per student to $11,642
- Only about 1/2 of per pupil spending is spent on in-classroom instruction
- For more information, visit the Red Apple Project hosted by Americans for Prosperity
Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute
Texas Budget Source
Texas Classrooms First
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Texas Education Agency
Red Apple Project