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HEB CEO Calls Out Governor Greg Abbott

Charles Butt, the chairman and CEO of HEB, who is know for his remarkable run of growing the HEB brand and his enormous philanthropic efforts around the state of Texas, primarily educational causes, just called out Governor Greg Abbot

On Tuesday, he urged Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday to release federal funds to school districts as soon as possible.

During this past year, the US Congress has approved two coronavirus aid packages that included $18 billion of funding for Texas schools. But state lawmakers have left that money out of preliminary drafts of the budget and say they are still ascertaining how that money is supposed to be used based on guidance from the federal government.

In Butt’s letter to Abbott, he said public schools “have been in disarray” and need the funds “as quickly as possible” so they can determine how to address critical issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic, like learning loss. The letter was first reported by Quorum Report in Austin.

When Texas did receive the initial stimulus package in 2020, which included $1.3 billion in school funding, the money was used to stabilize the state’s budget rather than going to the schools on top of their expected funding. Butt expressed concern that this could happen again saying “Using the money to fill other budget shortfalls would be extremely disappointing and a real disservice to our students.”

Local superintendents have also expressed frustration about the holdup in recent interviews with KSAT 12 News.

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