Policy Documents

Regional Education Service Centers: A Question of Necessity

James Golsan –
April 2, 2012

Ballooning costs in recent years indicate that there is significant room for increased efficiencies in Texas schools that would free up funds to improve educational instruction without the tax increases sought in the recent lawsuits filed by school districts against the state, writes James Golsan in a policy brief for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Regional Education Service Centers, which exist as support entities for the state’s public school districts, fail to pass the efficiency test. Eliminating them would save Texans $12.5 million every year; these savings could be better spent directly in the classroom, or simply left in taxpayers’ pockets in the form of reduced taxes.