Organizations host event to address lack of public school funding


    Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce hosted an event today to address the issue of funding in public schools.(ABC 7 Amarillo Darra Cunningham.)

    Amarillo Area Foundation and the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce hosted an event Wednesday to address the issue of funding in public schools.

    Business leaders from all over were in attendance to support public schools.

    Amarillo Area Foundation President Clay Stribling tells ABC 7 News today's meeting was really about the role of business in public school funding and why it important to our economy.

    "If we can't make our public schools successful, we can't fund them in a way that gives them the opportunity to succeed, then post secondary is not really in the picture because we got to get kids out of high school prepared to succeed in college," said Stribling.

    Stribling says they want to show local business leaders what the debate at the State Capitol over school finance will look like, and prompt them to get directly involved in the process.

    "It's all about becoming educated on the local level so that you know. What do I need to tell my local representatives, what are my priorities, how do I feel about this and what are the solutions that we think can work for our community that are maybe different from Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio," said Stribling.

    State Representative Four Price spoke about enhancing the resources available to schools.

    "At a state level we look to better distribute the resources across the state that they can be utilized to the highest and best use and most efficient use here at a local level," said Price.

    Leaders are hoping with the knowledge provided today, this can be a start for change.

    For more information about public schools and the legislative session follow the link.

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