Monday, July 24, 2006
We like books and software in Texas - Geraldine Miller & Greg Abbott
The Chairwoman of the State Board of Education, Geraldine Miller, requested that the State AG rule on whether Texas' strategic "textbook funds" could or could not be spent on computer hardware. To her pleasure, the AG Greg Abbott said informational only please, i.e., books and software, not hardware. It makes a difference, there's about $800 million dollars a year in that fund. This was prompted by a bill by Kent Grusendorf who was disappointed that books couldn't be revised more quickly to suit his desires. Gee, maybe a value of a book is just that changing it is slow and difficult and costly, so the writers' should focus their work on the enduring, the lasting, not just the flash of the moment. Wouldn't it be fun if the $800 million became a slush fund for just about anything, then we wouldn't have to worry about books at all. Somebody should sent Kent a video of "Dumb and Dumber" and of course it sequel.