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treasury for all other purposes, $3,705,435. From this amount
$2,151,305 was spent in the maintenance of our eleemosynary institutions,
and the Confederate Homes. To.this sum we add $1,472,970
for the operating expenses of the courts of the State, which leaves a
balance in the public treasury of $81,160 with which to meet the expenses
of the entire Executive and Administrational Departments.
This amount was insufficient and the result is reflected in the present
deficiencies of revenue in our State treasury. It can be clearly seen
from these figures, that nearly all the money, comparatively speaking,
paid into the public treasury goes for education and for the support of
the eleemosynary institutions of the State. The question might here
be raised as to whether or not we, under our present, half-baked
system of education, are now getting a dollar's worth of education for
every dollar's worth of money spent.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
First. The State must recognize education as a vital function of the
Second. Let the State make a thorough, scientific, impartial survey
of our entire educational life.
Third. Make the State the big unit of the educational system with
a strong, active, aggressive State Board of Education as the administrative
Fourth. Invest not less than fifty dollars in every child in the State
within scholastic age.
Fifth. Provide nine months of school each year for every child in
Sixth. Tap in Texas new sources of revenue in order to get money
with which to pay our educational bill.
Seventh. Enact a law making a safer, saner, and more economic
method of buying, distributing, and using free text books.
Eighth. See to it that our scholastic census is accurately and honestly
Ninth. Make scholastic apportionment on the basis of actual attendance
Tenth. Take up the slack, stop the leaks, and eliminate the waste
and duplication in our educational system, giving to the people of Texas
a dollar's worth of education for every dollar spent.
Eleventh. Teach the boys and girls of the State some of the practical
things of life, and impress on their minds the thought that mannal
labor is honorable and that the man whose brow glistens with the
beads of honest sweat is king of men "for a' that and for a' that."
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Neff, Pat M. Speeches delivered by Pat M. Neff, Governor of Texas, discussing certain phases of contemplated legislation, book, 1923; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5835/m1/14/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .