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Texas and Louisiana Among Top 10 States For Cutting K-12 Education Funding

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

STATE EDUCATION CUTS - A  recent  report out finds that Texas is one of 12 states that have made the deepest funding cuts to K-through-12 education over the past decade.  That’s according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities which  says Texas has cut general funding per student by 16 percent since the 2007-2008 school year.  Mike Leachman  is  the Center’s director of state fiscal research, he says "All 12 of these states are still providing at least 7 percent less formula aid per student in the current school year than in 2008. Four of these states have cut formula funding per student by more than 15 percent - Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky and Alabama."  A significant share of education funding for school districts comes from the state. Leachman says state budget cuts hurt not only students, but the local economy as well. ""As of September 2017,

Credit Courtesy: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Courtesy: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

 local school districts had cut a total of 135,000 jobs since 2008. These job losses have reduced the purchasing power of workers' families, in turn reducing overall economic consumption and that has made the recovery take longer." Leachman says Texas is among a few states that have been hurt by falling oil prices -- giving state lawmakers less money to spend.  The report shows Louisiana fared slightly better with spending less than 12.4%,  Arkansas came out ahead as spending 2% more per student than it did in 2008.

Credit The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.