Legislative Reprint Available now, in a single 80-page booklet, is the Observer’s complete coverage of the 66th Legislative Session. This compilation, taken from issues dated February 2 through June 22, 1979, includes all the articles published during the session plus the post-session summaries and the Observer’s evaluation of each member’s position on key votes. More than recent history, it’s a revealing documentation of the way Texas’ legislative politics works. If you were reading the Observer during the session, this reprint although it contains no new materials except for a short introduction and table of contentscould be useful as a reference work . . . or as a valued gift for friends. If you are a recent subscriber, here’s your chance to catch up with the other readers. Copies are $2 each, plus a 50 cents per order charge for postage and handling. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 600 West 7th Austin 78701 HALF PRICE RECORDS MAGAZINES TKE BIGGEST COLLECTION c KW AND USED 13001A VeRDS, AND PIAGAZIKES zn 1/”CAS. Dallas Big Main Store 4528 McKinney Ave. f 213 S. Akard Richardson 508 Lockwood Farmers Branch Shopping Center Valley View & Josey Lane Fort Worth 3306 Fairfield Austin 1514 Lavaca ft 6103 Burnet Rd. Waco 301 N. 25th AND 2 AV” STOREg gAtl ANTANZO -1311 fair zoo 3207 13ROADWAY. TEAMTOME i i coumni a nal: *to’ S. WOOL ‘MU DR. Allegiance. .. from page 10 pressed. “This is a conservative area, and you have to be careful.” Cindy Britt, who teaches free enterprise at Waco’s University High School, has found herself moving to the right politically. “I learned a lot teaching it. Now I’m much more pro-free enterprise system. It’s changed many of my beliefs.” After learning \(mostly from chamber has done to business, Britt decided that the last thing the country needs is nationalized oil or socialized medicine, although she once believed them necessary. Britt is certain her students’ opinions are swayed as well. “It’s amazing how students lack knowledge of free enterprise, how little they know about business. . . . Generally [after the course] students become much more pro-free enterprise. They are made aware that we need to let the system work itself out that all government regulations aren’t bad, but that perhaps too many are. They gain a healthy understanding of the free enterprise system,” she concludes. Two other Texas school districts that have extensive free enterprise programs are Richardson and Lubbock. They, like Waco, tie their programs to local businesses and chambers of commerce. The Richardson chamber, for example, as of last year had provided more than $30,000 to finance most of the schools’ program expenses. The Lubbock school district works closely with the chamber there, according to its social studies coordinator, who says they also “depend a great deal” on educational materials from McDonald’s, Mobil, Exxon, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Phillips Petroleum. Most ,other Texas school districts, according to TEA’s Grigar, are really just getting started on implementing the 1977 legislative mandate. But it seems unlikely that the pattern elsewhere will be much different. Dallas State Rep. Sam Hudson introduced a bill this past spring designed to guard against some of the dangers inherent in the Economic Education Act. Inspired by the Observer’s examination of the corporate freebies the act to say: “The [economic education] program shall present the ideology of American business, labor, and consumer-protection groups fairly and without bias. The State Board of Education shall adopt for the program only materials that are objective, factual, and relevant to student needs.” The bill went nowhere. Edward Humes is a recent graduate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts, where he was editor of the student newspaper. He spent the summer in Texas as an Observer staff assistant. In a Hurry? Fast Self Service; New Soup & Salad Bar. …or Sandwiches, Chili, Tacos, Chalupas, and restaurant baked Buttermilk Pie served by our staff. Daily Specials. Sunday Brunch. Omelettes and Eggs Benedict. Haagen Dazs Ice Cream and fresh yogurt. the greenhouse Above the Kangaroo Court. Downtown Riverwalk 314 North Presa, San Antonio, Texas. 18 SEPTEMBER 7, 1979
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