New book serves as resource about Bexar County public education

June 24, 2011

Trustees from all the school districts in Bexar County joined together to produce a go-to resource for local education history and statistics.

The Bexar County School Boards Coalition, led by NISD Trustee Bobby Blount, compiled “Public Education in Bexar County” to disseminate accurate information about local public education.

The book has been a passion of Blount’s for the past two years, ever since he attended a meeting where he heard presenters quote inaccurate data about the local dropout rate and administrative costs. It wasn’t the first time or the last time he heard public education portrayed negatively.

He spoke to his fellow trustees throughout San Antonio and realized they all faced the same challenge.

“We needed to create a reference book to dispel the misinformation and myths that were being accepted as fact by the general public,” Blount said. “Given the financial crisis facing school districts right now, it’s never been more important for the public to have accurate facts and figures about education.”

Blount said the main sources of information for the book are the Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Census Bureau, and articles by Dr. Richard Gambitta, political science professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Chapter 1 of the book features the history of public education in San Antonio, and Chapter 2 provides details on all school districts that are either wholly or partially in Bexar County. Chapter 3 focuses on data about Bexar County demographics, enrollment, accountability ratings, dropout rates, tax rates, and finances. And chapter 4 compares all of this data to the six largest counties in Texas.

Artwork by Northside ISD and Edgewood ISD students is featured throughout the book, including on the cover.

The book already has generated media attention. Read the Express-News story and the Express-News blog about it.

The book can be purchased for $25 by calling Blount at (210) 334-1320 or emailing him sblount01@earthlink.net.