Doing More With Less? Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

January 2013

Texas’ 82nd Legislature reduced state spending on public education in 2010-2011 by $5.4 billion, including $4 billion from the Foundation School Program. Although the extent of the cuts has been widely discussed, comprehensive information is lacking on how the cuts were implemented by school districts and the impact on Texas’ schools and students.

CHILDREN AT RISK has spent the last year researching the impact of the budget cuts across the state. Our presentation of findings is distilled in one of two formats:

Doing More With Less? Looking Beyond Public Schools
October 2012

Read CHILDREN AT RISK’s latest report Doing More With Less? Looking Beyond Public Schools which focuses on the impact of $5.4 billion in lost education funds on the nonprofit community that works in and alongside public schools.

Executive Summary- Executive Summary- Doing More With Less- Looking Beyond Public Schools

Full Report- Full Report- Doing More With Less- Looking Beyond Public Schools

Doing More With Less? Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality- Preliminary Findings
September 2012

From January to September 2012, CHILDREN AT RISK conducted a mixed methods study, including a survey with a random stratified sample of school districts, to provide an objective assessment of the impact of state budget cuts on Texas’ schools and students.

Doing More With Less? Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality evaluated a mix of financial and academic indicators to monitor the district and campus level effects of state budget cuts. Texas’ school districts have adapted to the changes in state funding in a variety of ways. Districts prioritized minimizing the impact on student learning and achievement. Small class size and pre-k programs, longstanding statewide education policy priorities have suffered as a result.

Read the full report: Full Report- Doing More With Less- Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

Read the key findings: Executive Summary- Doing More With Less- Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

Media Coverage

CHILDREN AT RISK would like to thank the consortium of funders who have supported this study. The coalition of funders represents a diverse array of the Texas philanthropic community who has prioritized public education as part of their giving portfolio and long term strategic plans. Their vision and generous financial support have been the driving force behind this work.

Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation (San Antonio, Texas)

KDK-Harman Foundation (Austin, Texas)

Kathryn and Beau Ross Foundation (Austin, Texas)

San Antonio Area Foundation (San Antonio, Texas)

The Simmons Foundation (Houston, Texas)

The Trull Foundation (Palacios, Texas)

Wright Family Foundation (Austin, Texas)

 For questions or feedback, please contact Sarah Goff, Research Coordinator, at (713) 869-7740 or sarahgoff@childrenatrisk.org.  

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