So far, two state representatives have filed bills requiring the Texas Education Agency to study how much it costs to educate students, particularly English language learners and economically disadvantaged students.
State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), who filed one of those bills, advocated for a cost study at the City Summit panel hosted by the Austin Monitor and KUT last month, suggesting the study should examine the cost for English language learner (ELL) students and compensatory education students – students who are at risk of dropping out.
“We have no study that tells us, here’s how much it probably would take to educate an [English Language Learner] or a [compensatory education] student to meet accountability,” Bernal said. “That study, that amount doesn’t exist. So, we’re flying blind and, at a certain point, it’s okay to open up that can of worms because we’re going to end up in the situation we’re in now.”