May 16, 2018      2:20 PM
Colbert: TEA is way off when it comes to allotments for public education
Former Rep. Paul Colbert breaks down the claim that allotments have increased 772% while student enrollment grew by 63%; and says “it is no wonder that the members of the Commission – and of the Legislature – have a hard time figuring out what is currently being spent on programs
article in the Quorum Report called “Allotments a growing part of school
finance funding, especially in last decade” may create the mistaken impression that Texas has acted to
specifically increase funding for the programs that serve students with various
special needs. This is the result of a Texas Education Agency presentation
to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance which created that
false impression by including a lot of data without proper explanation.
biggest sources of confusion in
this presentation were contained in page 5 and page 43 of the document, which
you can see
page 5 headline announced that "allotments have increased by 772%” while
student enrollment only grew by 63%.
Let's break that down, using these numbers reported in the article from
page 43 of the presentation: "the
cost per student for special programs has grown from $336 per student in 1986
to $1,797 in 2017."
The complete guest
column by former Rep. Paul Colbert
is in the R&D Department.
By Paul Colbert