Gov. Perry Wants to Reward ISD Frugality

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Gov. Rick Perry proposed an incentive program that would reward school districts who save money by “farming out” administrative services to other schools, counties, cities, or businesses.  Highlights:

Gov. Rick Perry unveiled an incentive proposal in Abilene on [August 31] that’s meant to save school districts money.

The program would reward districts for partnering with other schools, counties, cities, or even businesses to provide administrative services such as accounting, human resources, transportation and facilities use.

Districts that participate would receive a one-time grant worth 10 percent of the amount saved by partnering with another entity. Cities, counties and private entities that partner with school districts would not receive an incentive.

The idea is to save money on administration and funnel the savings into the classroom, Perry said.

“It’s a voluntary program, but I suspect it’ll be tough for local districts to pass that up — an opportunity to save some money and to get a reward,” Perry said.

The incentive program must first be approved by the Texas Legislature, which convenes in January.

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