Governor Rick Perry came to Lubbock today to announce a new school savings incentive. The incentive is for school districts that pool resources and save money by cutting administrative costs that divert funds from the classrooms.
Participating districts would receive a grant from the state equaling ten percent of their total savings for the first year. School districts in other states that participate in this type of savings have seen a five to fifteen percent savings in purchasing and information technology services.
Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott joined Perry at Monterey High School this afternoon to discuss the benefits of shared services.
Scott said “The shared services can result in significant savings for our school districts, and can result in saving the district. I’ve worked with a little-bitty district in West Texas that was struggling to stay afloat, and the rumor around town was that I was there to close them down. I said no, I want you to partner with the neighbor district and do some of these shared services arrangements so your community can keep this valuable asset, and they’re still going today.”
Texas lessons will also be available on iTunes U, supplying students and teachers with free supplementary educational content accessible anywhere through iTunes.
Governor Perry discussed the program at Monterey High School this afternoon in saying “It’s taking a lot of content and putting it onto iTunes where it can be easily accessed, where teachers, in particular, can use it as a tool to teach with. There may be the most incredible math teacher right here at Monterey High and he or she has the ability to put across a concept and teach math like nobody else in the country. And this is a way for them to share their teaching magic, if you will, all across the State of Texas.”