Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 15 of 24
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The books should be standardized and it should be provided that they
should be revised and kept up to a high standard and not changed
oftener than once in ten years. The law should provide for a committee
of competent scholars, whose duty it would be to carefully
examine the books. as often as advisable and recommend to the publishers
such revision of the books as deemed necessary. In this way
the text books for the school children of Texas could be kept up to a
high standard and the parents and the children protcted from frequent
changes. At all events, the law, as it may be amended, should
prohibit the employment of lawyers and others as lobbyists to appear
before the text book board. The text book board ought to be composed
of competent instructors who are able to learn more of the
merits of a text book from a critical examination of it than they can
glean from an attorney or other person employed to appear before
them for the influence such an attorney or lobbyist may be supposed
OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.
The Democratic platform demanded the improvement of our common
school system, and I sincerely hope some amendments to the
present laws, in the wisdom of the Legislature, may be made, whereby
country high schools can be established and maintained. I have some
doubt about the schools ever being what they should be until our system
of providing means for their support is changed. Under the present
arrangement the apportionment of the state tax is enough to run
the schools nine monts in the year. in some counties, while in others
it will not keep them going half that length of time. For the present,
perhaps, the only remedy is to change the basis of apportionment and
put it on the average attendance instead of on the scholastic population.
The following table shows the scholastic population for the
years named, the average attendance for the year, expenditures and
expenditures per capita, and per capita on average attendance:
Years. Y . 0
1906-7 . .... 869,864 471,646 $ 7,644787 $ 879$ 1620
190M7-8 .. . 893,441 496,361 8,448,69 9 4, 17 01
_ 914,628 524,535 9,668,01l 10 8 18 48
And the following table is still more interesting in showing the
inequality of benefits now derived in different counties:
inequality of bene~fits now derived in different counties:
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Colquitt, O. B. Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas., book, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5834/m1/15/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .