Texas school officials gather to discuss lack of funds


by Allison Triarsi / KHOU-TV


Posted on September 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

HOUSTON – Thousands of Texas school superintendents and administrators gathered in Houston Saturday to learn about the latest innovations in public school education.

The meeting was held by the Texas Association of School Administrators and the Texas Association of School Board Members at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

It is the largest convention of its kind for Texas educators.

However, the issue on the minds of many was how schools were going to get the money for new education tools.

The Texas Attorney General is suing the federal government for withholding about $830 million from the state.

"We’re very concerned about it and districts all around us are all concerned about it," said John Folks, past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Current president John Fuller agreed with Folks’ assessment.

"It was real disappointing when we were not able to negotiate that out and now that it appears to be a lawsuit, it just looks like school districts are the pawn on the table," said Fuller.

The amendment created to disperse the funds requires Texas to maintain current state spending levels through 2013.

However, Governor Rick Perry said the state Constitution makes it illegal for our state to limit spending that far into the future.