Texas public schools are doing a better job focusing your tax dollars into classrooms, teachers, and education, and away from high dollar deputy assistant superintendents and giving make work jobs to the brothers in law of school board members, 1200 WOAI news reports.
State Comptroller Susan Combs says 55 of the state's 1140 ISD's received top marks in her annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) rankings. They were released Wednesday at New Braunfels High School, because the New Braunfels ISD was ranked as one of the top two districts in the state for financial accountability.
Combs says other Texas schools can learn from New Braunfels' example.
"These are clear signals that you can do some smart things, and you end up keeping the money in the classroom, which is where the brains are," she said.
Combs cited as examples smarter use of school busses in the NBISD which saved thousands of taxpayer dollars on fuel costs, and a look at the district's IT costs which resulted in substantial costs.
Combs says there is a direct correlation between smart spending of tax money, and higher student performance.
"It does, because you're focusing on your core mission, which is the children," she said.
The FAST rankings are available on the Comptroller's web site.