Saturday, April 17, 2010

$60 Million... and Worth Every Penny

A model of the to-be-built Eagles Stadium

The city of Allen, Texas is spending $60 million on a new high school football stadium

The knee-jerk reaction in most of the media has been condemnation, horror, shock, etc.

Not enough people outside of Texas seem to understand this will be a terrific boon for local businesses and workers. Plus, the same high school is also spending about as much on a performing arts center.

And here's the biggest part of the story in my opinion: Allen can pay for it!

More and more cities and school districts in America are going bankrupt these days and teachers unions and their pensions are big reason why.

Long ago, Texas set aside billions for its schools when it created a fund that funnels a low percentage of oil and gas profits into education.

That fund is why Texas can spend about $600 million on textbooks every year.

It's also why athletics get a great share of the other funds that other school systems would need just to keep the lights on in the classrooms.

The overall quality of education in Texas public schools is debatable. But one thing I'm not willing to debate is the absurd notion that a lot more money solely for education would make much of a difference.

Good students come from good, concerned parents and competent teachers. With any one of these key elements, schools and students fail. Higher pay and union tenure don't necessarily make for better teachers.

As for football and what's going on in Allen, I think this is a great thing. People will get jobs, the football team will thrive, the band program will thrive, local businesses savvy enough to take advantage of this new structure will thrive. Is this really bad? Or are we only supposed to cheer unsustainable "green jobs" and temporary Census work?


At Sat Apr 17, 05:13:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. What Ivy team wouldn't love for a reason to build a new multimillion, 18,000-seat stadium? 18,000 is a big crowd even for Yale and Penn, who annually draw the best in the league. Different cultures, I suppose. Personally, I prefer everything else New England has to offer other than high school football.

At Sat Apr 17, 05:29:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that your inner Tea party self is showing. Let's have plenty of good football talk and ditch the political bullsh--.

At Sat Apr 17, 05:52:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's your blog and we're supposed to have freedom to say what we will, so speak your mind and let those who disagree ignore, not try and stifle.


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