Doing More With Less: Public Education in a New Fiscal Reality

  The first collaborative project through the Consortium was an objective and thorough exploration of how $5.4 billion in cuts to public education impacted Texas schools and students after the 2011 Legislative Session. Member foundations from across Texas pooled their funds to commission a Houston-based nonprofit, Children At Risk, to undertake a year-long, mixed-methods statewide study to objectively assess how budget reductions impacted public schools – for better or for worse. Hundreds of school districts responded to the voluntary survey. The following links provide more detail on the research by Children At Risk evaluating the impact of the 2011 budget cuts to Texas school districts and nonprofits working in schools commissioned by members of TEGAC.