EPISD funding from the state

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



4 Responses to EPISD funding from the state

  1. So El Paso gets about $3,000 MORE per student than Dallas? So where or to whom does all that money go and why in EL PASO do they ALWAYS want MORE? And they can’t afford $300 laptops for every student from all that money? And in El Paso the TRUTH is, that Juan and Suzie still can’t READ, WRITE or speak ENGLISH. Apparently waste, CORRUPTION is inherent in EPISD.


  2. Haiduc says:

    At face value the El Paso School District receives more monies than east of I-35…interesting. So why the 600 million dollar bond?


  3. Deputy Dawg says:

    You are referring to the “Robin Hood” plan of funding, where property rich districts such as Houston, have to give funds to the state to pay to the property poor districts, such as every single district in the El Paso area.

    There are MANY flaws with this system. One is that it is in essence a state property tax which is illegal (although the Tea Party run Texas supreme court ruled it legal last year. http://abc13.com/politics/robin-hood-school-funding-okd-by-texas-supreme-court-/1337142/) l Another is that is still does not provide equity. What you should be looking at Brutus is cost per students spent in total in each district. You should also look at the suburban districts in those areas, not just the large urban districts for funding number. Again, look at the TOTAL amount spent per child, not just the amount provided by the state.

    Even with the attempts to level the playing field as required by the state constitution, school districts in the Houston area collect much more property tax dollars per students than El Paso could ever hope for, because the property is worth more. (How many skyscrapers in Houston as compared to El Paso? How many corporate headquarters in the Dallas Austin Houston triangle as compared to anything west of say, Odessa?)

    Here is some background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Hood_plan

    School districts have a cap on what they can tax their property owners on (unlike other taxing entities).

    The funding is unfair, however, it is what it is. Rich districts don’;t like giving money to poor districts, and poor districts are not funded as well as rich districts, thus pushing their students behind . Poor districts have unique challenges that property rich ones basically do not. For a microcosm view of that, consider a First grader that lives in the Franklin HS feeder pattern vs a first grader than lives in the Bowie feeder pattern. Same city, way different experiences, and way different needs when they get to school.


    • Curious says:

      I guess the next question would b “What is the actual cost to educate a child for one year in each respective city, Austin, Houston, Dallas and El Paso?”


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