The public school system is a product of the Democratic Party. Year after year of failing school performance has proven beyond ANY doubt that slinging more and more money at a failed enterprise, without any MAJOR total makeover with clear and measurable demands of the venture, does nothing to improve education...in TEXAS or anywhere else.
So blame Perry, blame the GOP, blame God or Allah or Satan....but the kids in schools have NO pre school education from parents, not consistent discipline at home, and they are bored and resistent to being taught anything. So more money, less money, smaller classes, larger classes, new or old buildings...makes no difference. There was a time when all Texas kids went to school, unaircondioned, and with no teacher assistants, no ESL classes, and had a full load of academics....and they did their homework, and if they acted up, they got swift and meaning full discipline....both at school and when they got home.
So stop moaning about money and pretending that that is going to get kids educated. It is NOT the problem....always the media and the slow minded look for a single, simple solution to a huge cultural and societal, complex problem that has been around and unsolved for YEARSA