Does Teacher Pay Account For Only 32 Percent Of Education Spending?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alexandra HartAugust 2, 2017 12:54 pm, ,

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says only 32 percent of the money Texas spends on education actually goes to pay teachers. Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the Politifact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Patrick made the claim as he advocated for higher teacher salaries, prior to the beginning of the legislative special session. He wanted lawmakers to pass a law requiring school districts to shift spending to teacher salaries, and away from other kinds of education expenses. He advocated a $1,000 pay raise for all Texas teachers.

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