Email interview (excerpted), Catherine Frazier, press secretary, Gov. Rick Perry, Jan. 11, 2013

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 2:32 PM

To: Catherine Frazier

Subject: FW: Figure 181 Supporting Data with 2002 and 2003

 

Catherine:

This information, which we obtained from the LBB staff, suggests raw total spending on public schools increased 58 percent, counting ALL FUNDS, from 2002 to 2012. Adjusted for inflation, though, the difference in spending between 2012 and 2002 is 10.6 percent (2004 dollars). In the same period, enrollment increased 20 percent.

Does that seem accurate? If not, can you let me know how the governor reached his 70 percent figure?

 

wgs

 

 

 

W. Gardner Selby

 

PolitiFact Texas

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From: Catherine Frazier

Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:24 PM

To: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)

Subject: RE: Figure 181 Supporting Data with 2002 and 2003

 

The figures refer to state funds as those are the funds the state has control over:

2013-14 Fiscal Size up, Figure 181, page 248 in PDF search (page 220 in the actual doc) http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Fiscal_SizeUp/Fiscal_SizeUp.pdf

2010-11 Fiscal Size Up, Figure 180, page 238 in PDF search (page 211 in actual doc) http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Fiscal_SizeUp/Fiscal_SizeUp_2010-11.pdf

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:wgselby@statesman.com]

Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 3:30 PM

To: Catherine Frazier

Subject: RE: Figure 181 Supporting Data with 2002 and 2003

 

I see.

Two wrinkles: That change is not adjusted for inflation. Also, the state spending changes were greatly affected by the legislated 2006 tax changes, which flopped in about $7 billion a year in state aid for what had been locally generated property-tax revenue. Put another way, those billions reflected a cost shift, not more education spending.

Other thoughts?

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wgs

454 pm

Jan. 11, 2013

The governor has laid out the accurate facts. State funding for public ed has increased three times more than enrollment over the last decade – bottom line, Texas has always made public education a priority and adequately and responsibly funded it with the resources available. And we have a lot to show for it: we are ranked third in graduation rates nationally and we have more students taking the SAT than ever before, particularly in the Hispanic and African American communities. Last session was particularly challenging due to the national economic recession, but because we made the tough decisions necessary to live within our means, our state is better positioned today to tackle the issues before us, in spite of Washington’s ongoing overreach and overspending. As he does every session, the governor will work with lawmakers to determine the appropriate level of funding for all state agencies, including our public schools.