The Excel format 1997-2011 enrollment by grade spreadsheet for all Texas children used in these charts can be downloaded from http://www.studentmotivation.org/texas/.
We must put this crisis in perspective:
The Texas school funding crisis is only the smoke.
Almost 50 years ago I was waiting in a grain truck north of Hereford in a wheat field on my dad's farm. I was waiting for the combine to fill up for the next dump. The smoke I suddenly smelled is like the educational funding crisis! While potentially deadly, the smoke was caused by the fire in the subble in front of the truck. That fire is like the Texas state taxation system. It is the real problem!
You cannot have a state taxation system that taxes the poor at a percentage of their income (12.2%) that is four times the rate (3%) at which the rich are taxed! School funding is only the smoke, deadly, but still just the smoke!
The problem with this analogy is that the Texas state taxation system crisis is nothing new or sudden!