Of Texans polled who have children attending public schools, 89 percent believe Texas’ schools need more money from the state. Even an overwhelming majority of Texans 60 years of age and older—66 percent—say the state should provide more funding to schools.
Texans also say they are willing to pay higher taxes to get more funding for public schools. The Texas Poll asked if they would support higher taxes to help fund new school buildings, higher teacher salaries, and smaller classes. Responses were favorable in all categories.
In other findings:
- A majority of Texans—60 percent—also agree that Texas public schools are better than schools in other states.
- Sixty-three percent of Texans agree that Texas public schools are doing a good job educating a challenging student population.
- Most Texans—81 percent—also agree that Texas public schools are burdened with federal requirements.
- Fifty-nine percent of Texans say Texas public schools are doing an excellent or good job in preparing students to succeed, compared with 40 percent who say fair or poor.
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