Posted By LambChop
Texas has some of the largest school districts in the nation including HISD, DISD, AISD, MISD, CY FAIR, FT. BEND. It has finally dawned on “experts” that simply throwing more money at schools is not the solution. Funds tend to land in the hands of administrators and politicians rather than in the classroom-with the students and teachers.
In a trial that began in October over $5.4 billion in funding cuts to Texas school districts 600 Texas school districts sued the State and argued that the new spending cuts were unconstitutional, the resources were unfairly distributed to wealthy districts, and especially damaging in the face of a population surge that has caused an increase in low-income students and those who cannot speak English who are more “costly” to educate.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office countered that funding levels are adequate and that school districts don't always spend their resources wisely.
University of Missouri economist Michael Podgursky, an expert on education spending, was called by the state to dispute some claims made by experts and superintendents who testified earlier about problems caused by funding cuts.
"If you look at the data, it doesn't support the argument that spending more money will improve student achievement." Testimony in the case is expected to last into February.
Podgursky said most of the variations in Texas student achievement are within districts rather than between them.
Asked what would happen if funding differences between districts are eliminated Podgursky said, "I don't agree with the belief that if you spend a certain amount of money, you can predict that there will be a certain level of improvement in student achievement."
"There is no evidence of a positive relationship between student performance and spending by a school district," he said.