Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 16 of 24
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El Paso county, on the basis of average daily attendance, gets
nearly four times as much as Collin and Val Verde, nearly twice as
much as Angelina. I believe, however, that a change in our organic
law should be made so as to allow the collecting of a county tax
for school purposes in lieu of the state tax, and supplement the county
tax by distributing the revenues from the available state school fund
on the per capita basis as supplemental to the county tax. In this
way, in my opinion, the system would develop, and soon we would
find the counties of Texas dotted over with rural high schools; a
greatly stimulated local pride; improved school buildings, and better
salaries and better teachers. My ideas may be in advance of the times
on this point, and may not meet the approval of some who are wedded
to the present system, but local taxation and local interest in schools
have done more to build them up and increase their efficiency than
all the boastfulness we are wont to express about our magnificent
An amendment to Article seven, Sections ten and thirteen of our
Constitution, should be proposed and submitted to a vote of the
people at the next regular election, providing for the separation of
the Agricultural and Mechanical College and the University of Texas.
This amendment should provide for the appointment of regents for
both institutions with longer terms of office. A board of nine regents
with terms of six years, three to be appointed every two years, would
be far better than the present provision for two year terms for regents
of these institutions. Care should be taken in this proposed
amendment to make the terms of all boards for state educational and
eleemosynary and penal institutions six instead of two years, and I
sincerely hope that it will be done, thus removing, as far as practicable,
the managers of these institutions from the effects of politics
and changes in administrations. The proposed amendment should
also make provision for separate income for the state institutions of
An educated citizenship, with a proper training of the heart as well
as of the mind, is the best guarantee of good government and of good
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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/m1/16/: accessed December 12, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .