The following text came from a newsletter written by Brian Woods, Superintendent of Northside ISD in San Antonio, Texas.
Like you, I am frustrated by the media’s focus on the negative and their willingness to ignore the wonderful things that happen each day in an effort to find and report on an anomaly. It is sad.
Friends of Texas Public Schools honored Jamie Vollmer at its 8th annual Friend of the Year fundraising dinner on December 5, 2012.
Perhaps best known as the blueberry ice cream guy who got schooled by a teacher during a routine speech he made some 20 years ago on the failures of public schools, Jamie Vollmer has since.
Texas Public schools spent a total of $54.4 billion in 2008–09 to educate 4.6 million students. Of this total, $8.7 billion was spent on capital outlay, $4.9 billion was related to debt service, and $39.6 billion was spent on “basic educational costs.” The remaining expenditures represent payments to shared service arrangements, payments into Tax Increment Financing (TIF) arrangements, and the operating costs associated with building school facilities.