State Says School Leaders Are Good Stewards of Tax Dollars

Nearly every school district in Texas earned the state’s highest rating for fiscal responsibility, known as FIRST, the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. Ninety eight percent of Texas Public School ISDs earned the rating of Superior Achievement. Contrary to popularly held beliefs, only 3% of the public school budgets across the state is allocated to central administration operations and salaries. On the flipside, 61% is allocated to teacher pay, curriculum, instructional materials, and classroom aides. The rest falls into support categories such as transportation, cleaning and maintaining buildings, heating and cooling, library services, counseling, technology, meals, and medical services. All extracurricular activities amount to only 3% of the budget, and that includes football.

Source: TEA News - August 9, 2016