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2011 budget shortfall

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Texas schools cope as classes expand, staffs shrink

Texas Education Agency data for the 2011-12 school year show that the number of elementary classes exceeding the 22-student cap has soared to 8,479 from 2,238 last school year.

Monday, May 16th, 2011

What if Texas doesn’t pass a school finance bill?

Nobody wanted to think about it in January. But as the middle of May approaches, with little more than two weeks left in the 82nd legislative session, a growing chorus of voices is asking: What happens if...

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Thousands protest education cuts at Texas Capitol

Parents, educators and students from across the state marched to the Capitol Saturday for the Save Texas Schools rally to express their concern over what could amount to a $10 billion reduction in state funding for schools.

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Audio: What $9.8 billion in Texas school cuts looks like

When lawmakers file a school finance bill, they publish a spreadsheet showing how the new funding formulas affect each of the state's more than 1,000 school districts. This year, with a proposed budget that currently cuts $9.8...