Email (excerpted), response to PolitiFact Texas, Clay Robison, public affairs specialist, Texas State Teachers Association, April 15, 2013

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...another thought about capital expenditures not being counted in rankings. Not only are capital expenditures voter approved, local tax money not appropriated by the Legislature, in many cases those expenditures pay to build football stadiums and other facilities, such as fine arts centers. I am not going to engage in the argument about football stadiums, but I don’t think it gives a fair comparison of how much states are spending on students. In other words, capital costs lump new classroom construction, which benefits all students, with expenditures that don’t apply to all students.

 

Regardless of  which figures you rank, the bottom line still stands. The legislative majority cut $5.4 billion from public schools two years ago. That was a cut of $1,062 per student (measured in ADA) since the 2010-11 school year, the last year before the cuts....