Grocery magnate Charles Butt tries to tap into his natural optimism when thinking about the future of public schools and Texas’ children.
But he can’t help seeing stumbling blocks: weak curriculum, undersupported teachers and not nearly enough strong leaders.
“I don’t like that,” the 78-year-old said. “I’m an optimist at heart— for my business, for my friends and for people. But do I see an educated America for the future? It’s hard to say. Believe me, I obsess about this.”