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New education center picks Lake Austin for development

The Holdsworth Foundation has selected a scenic 44 acres on Lake Austin to build a world-class institute to train public education leaders across the state. Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of the H-E-B grocery chain, founded The Holdsworth Center to improve the quality of public education by cultivating its leaders, who in turn are key to teacher development and retention. Butt has pledged to invest $100 million to establish the center, which is named for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, an educator and philanthropist. Pending a zoning change, the foundation could break ground in late fall on the project. Foundation.

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5 Houston-area school districts invited to Holdsworth Center

The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute based in Austin, has invited 26 public school districts, including five from the Houston area, to apply for its first program beginning in June. Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time, the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas. The five Houston-area independent school districts are Aldine, Alief, Klein, Lamar Consolidated and Spring Branch. Of those who apply, six will be chosen to be part of the inaugural.

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The Holdsworth Center invites 26 public school districts across Texas to apply for premier leadership program

The Holdsworth Center, a new leadership institute based in Austin, has invited 26 public school districts from across Texas to apply for its first program beginning in June. Founded by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt, the Holdsworth Center has the goal of supporting and developing public school leaders in order to improve, over time, the quality of education offered to every child in every classroom in Texas. The districts are: Aldine ISD – Houston, TX Alief ISD – Houston, TX Arlington ISD – Arlington, TX Austin ISD – Austin, TX Brownsville ISD – Brownsville, TX Cedar Hill ISD –.

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H-E-B’s CEO explains why he’s donating $100 million to improve Texas schools

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. 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.

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Holdsworth Center a boost for public ed

At a time when things are looking pretty grim for public education at the state and national level, Texas school administrators received a much needed vote of confidence from H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt. For decades the grocery store magnate and his family have given generously to promote excellence in public education. A recently announced $100 million legacy gift to fund the creation of an educational leadership institute for Texas public school administrators will go a long way to support those who have worked tirelessly for decades with a broken public school finance system and a high stakes accountability.

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If you missed this billionaire’s giant k-12 gift, here’s why it matters

It says something about the velocity of today’s mega-giving that a $100 million pledge earlier this month to improve K-12 education could whip by without much comment in the broader worlds of philanthropy and education. Maybe it’s because the gift was made by a grocery store mogul, not a tech star. Or maybe this one flew largely under the radar because the money is going to improve school leadership in a single state, Texas. Whatever the case, there are some good reasons to take a closer look at this gift. Let’s start with the details. Charles Butt, CEO of the.

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H-E-B CEO Charles Butt pledges $100 million to public schools nonprofit

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt on Tuesday pledged $100 million toward a new institute designed to support Texas public school leaders and their development efforts. Public school administrators, educators and board members gathered at Gonzalo Garza High School in East Austin on Tuesday morning to announce the creation of the Holdsworth Center, a nonprofit organization named after Butt’s mother, philanthropist and educator Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt. Starting in June, the center will work with school districts across the state. The program will use a three-part approach in school districts over a five-year period, according to Kate Rogers, H-E-B vice.

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Education champion: Texas grocer Charles Butt has a plan to help educators do extraordinary things

When it comes to public education, walking the talk is something state lawmakers almost never do. As established by their actions over decades, they leave their top priority – properly funding the state’s public education system – to the courts or private philanthropy. With its ruling last year that found the public education funding system constitutional, the Texas Supreme Court joined the do-nothing crowd. Thank goodness into the chaos stepped H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt. The longtime supporter of public education is Texas’ own private-citizen champion. Butt on Tuesday announced a pledge of more than $100 million to create.

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H-E-B’s Charles Butt pledges $100 million to train school leaders

H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt has pledged to invest $100 million in the creation of a training and leadership development center in Austin for school district leaders from across Texas. Butt envisions that the Holdsworth Center — named for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator and lifelong philanthropist — will support current leaders and develop future superintendents and principals in the Lone Star State’s 1,200 traditional public school districts and offer them the opportunity for sustainable improvement. “The Holdsworth Center will help to ensure we have inspired and enlightened leaders at every level within the.

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