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The Future of Texas Public Schools: Burden or Investment?

Superintendent presentation to community about the impact of state funding cuts on GCISD and the future of Texas Public Schools-Spring 2013
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Transcript of The Future of Texas Public Schools: Burden or Investment?

Think Back
1955
1960
1985
1980
1970
1965
B
uilding
E
xcellent
S
chools
T
ogether
The function of education
is to teach one to think
intensively and to think
critically...
Intelligence plus character -
that is the goal of true education.
Our students are asking for it.

Our community expects it.

Our future demands it.
How are we responding?
Within Our Control
Facilities
Technology
Finance
Communication
Curriculum
Learning Plan
Personnel
7
Core
Strategies
Thoughtful management of district resources
Expand opportunities through partnerships with community
1 cent
18 cents
3 cents
17 cents
1 cent
8 cents
2 cents
2 cents
1 cent
3 cents
5 cents
39 cents
How is your dollar spent in GCISD?
(all functions of the district)
=
Net of TIF
Beyond Our Control
vs
Burden
or
Investment?
The Future of Texas Public Schools:
Burden or Investment?

79%
21%
Maintenance
& Operations
$1.04
Debt
Service
$0.2801
GCISD Tax Rate = 1.3201
Maintenance
& Operations
$1.04
2006
$
X
Local
Revenue
X
New
Revenue
Revenue
Expenses
2011-2012 Budget
as of June 2011
July 2011
$5.4B
State
Funding
Approx. 91 positions eliminated over past two years
Reduced campus & department budgets
Loss of block scheduling at high schools (staff intensive)
No employee raises for two consecutive years
Switch health plan provider from self-funded to state plan
Terminate 401(a) Plan
Offer early incentive resignations multiple times
Outsourcing night cleaning at elementary campuses
Adding advertising on school buses to increase revenues
Using creative payment procedure to realize rebates
Continue streamlining programs, departments and staffing for efficiency
GCISD Budget Reductions
Since Legislative Cuts in 2011
$5.4B cut to state funding
for public education
Resources
Accountability
-$5.5M in 2011-2012
-$8.5M in 2012-2013
-$14M
Fund
Balance
2015-
2016
Budget 2012-2013
$8M deficit
SEAT 2.0 - planning for potential future state cuts
School finance lawsuit
Current system ruled inefficient, inadequate and unconstitutional
Lawsuit claims - inadequacy, de facto property tax, loss of local control
Ruling likely to be appealed to state Supreme Court
Next Steps
Within Our Control
True or False?
Texas lawmakers did not cut funding for public education in the last legislative session, they actually increased funding.
Gov. Rick Perry, Jan. 9, 2013:
"We’ve had public education funding growing at three times the public education enrollment. So you’ve had a 70 percent increase of funding from 2002 to 2012. You've had a 23 percent increase in enrollment... I think under any scenario over the last decade, the funding that we have seen in the state of Texas for public education has been pretty phenomenal."
Source: Austin American Statesman
False
While state education aid outpaced a 20 percent growth in enrollment, it did not offset inflation and other budgetary measures that drove up state spending without delivering more school aid.
With those adjustments,
"Texas schools in 2012 fielded 25 percent less in state aid than what they fielded in 2002."
Source: Austin American Statesman
True or False?
State aid for public education has kept pace with the increasing statewide enrollment.
False
"Schools sustained a legislated reduction in education funding adding up to more than $5 billion through 2012-2013 ... in targeted programs such as teacher incentive pay, dropout prevention funding and ...
the pre-Kindergarten Early Start program."
Source: Austin American Statesman
Comptroller Susan Combs, April 4, 2012:
"We didn't actually cut it. I think the number was that
we actually put in about $2 billion, if my recollections
from what I read, but it was not the amount that
they would have spent..."
Source: Austin American Statesman
Fact:
Enrollment statewide increased about 20 percent from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012, from more than 4.1 million to nearly 5 million students.
Source: Texas Education Agency
What About the Numbers?
True or False?
GCISD spends more than $11,000 per student and only 46 percent goes to the classroom.
False
In 2011-2012:
GCISD allocated $7,419 per student for operating costs -- 64% was spent directly on instruction.
The district allocated $2,085 per student on debt service payments.
The state took $2,144 per student for recapture (Robin Hood).
S
ource: GCISD Financial Services
Dallas Morning News - Feb. 24, 2013
Four Key Objectives
Personalized Learning Plans
Technology for Learning
Citizenship and Respect
Community Service
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