About The Red Apple Project
Red Apple Project Overview
Education not only dominates our budget with the majority of most taxpayers’ property taxes going to schools, nearly half of our state budget also goes to education.
Funding has grown tremendously over the last few years, with education spending growing at a rate of 5X faster than student enrollment over a recent last 10-year period.
Texas has public charter schools and we prefer to lift the arbitrary cap of 214 (existing charters schools can expand campuses) but the “educrat” community have been very protective of their traditional public school monopoly.
The education bureaucracy has grown tremendously. According to the Friedman Foundation, while public education student enrollment grew 37% over a 18 year period, teacher ranks grew 50% and non-teaching staff numbers surged 171% in Texas!
The Red Apple Project serves to educate the public on several key points:
- Only 50 cents of each education dollar is spent on instruction
- TX school districts are $108 billion in debt ($20,000 per pupil)
- Education spending has grown 5X faster than student enrollment growth
- TX public schools have a teacher to non-teacher ratio of 1:1
Public support for education reform exists. Good teachers will benefit from school choice as the marketplace for them will grow.
The Republican primary ballot had over 1.2 million voters say “yes” : Should the state fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child rather than the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child's school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars? That number represents more than 2X the number of voters in the Democratic primary. Unfortunately, Democrats did not put this item on their ballot in the primary.
Education bureaucrats who are fighting the movement to provide parents with more school choices should reflect on one key point: If they are so confident of the education they are providing, why would they fear a mass exodus of students should parents have the opportunity to select their kids’ school? Why would they resist providing parents with this most basic freedom – the freedom of educational choice?
We have a Public Education Plus Plan for Texas which we will be releasing soon and will continue to work the Red Apple Project to educate the public.