Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Jason Embry, communications director, House Speaker Joe Straus, Oct. 1, 2012

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As you know, the Speaker was making the point that the percentage of the budget that goes toward public education in the current biennium is a higher percentage than in the previous biennium.

In 2010-11, total GR spending was $81.9 billion. GR spending for TEA was $30.3 billion, or 37 percent of all GR spending.

In 2012-13, total GR spending is $81.3 billion. GR spending for TEA is $30.5 billion, or 37.4 percent of all GR spending.

In addition, $1.9 billion was deferred into the early days of the next biennium (2014-15). Schools know that they will receive this money in early September and often plan as if it is part of their 2012-13 budget. In fact, the Legislature could decide early in the next session, given recent revenue growth, to put that payment back into August 2013.

If you count that deferral as part of 2012-13 spending, which we believe many school officials would consider reasonable, then GR spending for TEA is $32.4 billion, or 38.9 percent of all GR spending.