Even as Texas schools face budget cuts, their spending per student is on the rise, according to a new report from Comptroller Susan Combs that rates district expenditures against student achievement. The report identifies 43 districts in the state with exemplary practices. It also makes recommendations for how the 1,100 other districts can follow suit, including increasing class size, sharing facilities, conserving energy and joining purchasing co-ops.
At a press conference in Dallas this morning, Combs noted an increase in administrative staffing in particular, and urged schools to consider "economies of scale" in buying supplies and finding housing for classrooms. She developed the report at the request of lawmkers, who asked her office to identify areas in which schools could improve spending relative to student performance.
See the full report, and look up your school district's ranking here.