Interactive: Children at Risk Budget Cuts Survey

After the $5.4 billion reduction in state funding to public education during the 2011 legislative session, the Houston-based advocacy group Children at Risk teamed up with a coalition of nonprofit foundations to provide comprehensive data on how Texas schools were coping with less money.

In addition to on-campus site visits, where researchers interviewed teachers, principals and guidance counselors about how the cuts had affected classrooms, the organization also collected data on the choices districts made to stretch their budgets further.

The survey, which asked about the kinds of staff and services eliminated, was sent to 900 districts across the state. About 300 districts, representing 65 percent of the state's student population, responded. A few recurring themes emerged: larger class sizes, deferred upgrades to technology and buildings, fewer remedial programs, and decreased access to guidance counselors and social services. Search through all of their responses in the interactive database below.

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