The evidence decisively shows that educational achievement is not tied directly to high levels of funding. The assumption that more money means better education is unfounded, and legislators must remain skeptical about attempts to link overall student performance with increased per pupil spending.

As the following chart shows, per-student public education spending in Texas has increased each and every year since 1999 (even when adjusted for inflation), while educational outcomes (as measured by statewide average SAT scores) have remained static, showing neither improvement nor decline: