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October 5, 2017      6:15 PM

State needs $3.2 billion to plug the hole in current school funding, study says

…spending has dropped most drastically for the low-income students who need the most assistance, especially those in bilingual education

A new analysis of campus-level funding in Texas shows a $3.2 billion gap between what was spent on public schools in 2008 and current education funding levels.

University of Texas Professor Michael Marder and Center for Public Policy Priorities Analyst Chandra Villanueva flipped the equation on the typical funding analysis, looking directly at reported school spending, dividing it into quartiles based on poverty and pulling out what was spent on basic instruction, special education, compensatory instruction and bilingual services.

By Kimberly Reeves

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