We received a comment from a regular commenter the other day that “we have a rigged [funding] system that favors the Dallas-Austin-Houston corridor”. The comment was about state funding of local issues in general, not just about school district funding.
Looking into the 2016-2017 budgets for the Austin, Dallas, El Paso, and Houston school districts we were quite surprised by the amounts the state provides for each student.
Austin Independent School District projects an enrollment of 82,690 students. They show total anticipated state funding at $68,994,815. That comes to $834 per student for the school year.
The Dallas Independent School District projects receipt of $332,186,058 from the state and an enrollment of 159,310 students. The per student revenue from the state works out to be $2,085.
Our El Paso Independent School District anticipates enrollment of 58,542 students and total state revenue of $309,110,521. That works out to $5,280 per student.
The Houston Independent School District has been declared property rich by the state and as a result will actually pay money to the state.
What have we missed?
We deserve better