More than 100 school districts around the state are going to be asking taxpayers to hike the tax burden. One area that won’t see a tax hike on the table is San Antonio. Last year voters voters loudly said “no,” and after much debate this summer, school officials decided not to try again.
But elsewhere in the state, voters will be treated to dire tales of children untaught, buildings unrepaired, and a sports teams unfielded. Not mentioned will be the massive influx of funding per-student over the last decade squandered in a system that values process over results.
School bureaucrats will also take aim at the Legislature, blaming them for not pumping “enough” money into the system. But it’s a system awash with cash.
For example, the Austin American Statesman reports that the Arlington Independent School District is going to “dig deep” into its reserves to bridge a “budget gap” and provide a pay raise for employees.
The alleged budget gap? $17 million. Their reserve? $83 million.
Money isn’t the problem, years of poor spending decisions are.