State of Texas In-Depth: Your taxes and your schools

AUSTIN (KXAN) – How much does a good education cost? The answer is not very clear with schools across Texas trying different strategies to help educate the next generation.

A website that launches on May 25 could help clear that up. TXSmartSchools will show how effective individual schools and districts are for every tax dollar spent.

The program is getting a boost from former Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs along with researchers with University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M. Combs considers it an improved version of the FAST program.

That was a site that existed under Comb’s tenure as comptroller but was cut when Glenn Hegar took over.

Hegar’s office told KXAN he did not consider the program a ‘core function.’ The didn’t deter Combs. She used money from her own campaign fund to pay for TXSmartSchools.

On KXAN’s State of Texas: In-Depth, Combs told Josh Hinkle the website can improve lives in Texas.

“It is like version 2.0,” said Combs. “It is going to be a tremendous use, I think, to parents whose most important decision is where their children go to school.”

Combs says the site could also help teachers who could learn about new and effective techniques to teach Texas children.

You can watch the full program in the video above. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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