Bills take aim at sweet deals for departing school officials, South Texas school district may be in hot water over its water park, Texas’ big cities get poor marks for fiscal health.


Regardless of what policy the Round Rock school board has set, board members have the right to talk to news media, a school district attorney has told trustees.

While Texas lawmakers are trying to find more money for public schools, a couple of legislators have filed bills to slash one particular kind of school spending: the booming business of superintendent severance packages.

Having drawn the ire of Gov. Greg Abbott for spending $20 million on a sports and learning complex featuring a water park, the La Joya Independent School District is now asking taxpayers to shoulder a $550,000 operating loss incurred by the complex and the district’s golf course in the last fiscal year.

Three of Texas’ largest cities are also among its poorest fiscal performers, due in large part to unfunded retiree benefits, according to a national fiscal watchdog group.



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