Achievement Levels Are Alarming
From 2010-2013, only 18% of high school graduates met the SAT or ACT college-readiness standards.
Each year, 14-25% of public school students fail to graduate from high school.
Our public schools are underachieving, and it is getting worse.
Not Getting Our Money's Worth
In the 2014-15 school year, Texans spent $12,761 per student. (The average tuition for accredited private schools in Texas was only $7,848.) That's over $250,000 for a classroom of 20, and, with the average annual teacher salary at just under $51,000, where does the other $200,000 go?
Public education is funded by an unnecessarily complex and inefficient system which is not student-centered. Texas’ funding formulas are cobbled together by political dynamics, not by what works for students.
Fixing the Problem
We must shift the focus from equity for schools to equity for students. We should allot funding to students rather than schools, making it portable. The model is ESAs (educational savings accounts modeled after health savings accounts)
Public schools will improve with the implementation of universal choice. Universal educational choice could lead to an additional 65,000 Texas students graduating from high school each year as opposed to dropping out of school.
Universal choice will drive up teacher pay as schools divert more funds to classrooms—where they have the greatest effect on students.