School Budgets Required to Spend More on Classroom Costs

Texas schools will soon be required to spend a large portion of their budget to cover direct classroom costs.  65% of school budgets will have to be used for the expenses.

The problem lies in defining what a direct classroom cost is considered.

Critics fear that by shifting money to these costs they will have to cut other programs including transportation and counseling.

Roy Knight, the superintendent for the Lufkin Independent School District, said, "It is hard to instruct them when they are not here.  That means we have to feed them when they get here, we have to provide counseling services that we are required to do by state law, and yet that doesn't count as part as the 65%."

Some direct classroom costs would include teachers and textbooks.