The Houston Independent School District is the largest public school system in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. It operates on an annual general fund budget of more than $1.5 billion and has about 30,000 full and part-time employees. The district educates approximately 202,000 students in 300 schools spread out over 301-square miles.

“Pop” Bennett Receives SBOE Heroes for Children Award

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Barney “Pop” Bennett stands next to the Heroes for Children plaque, bearing his name, that is permanently displayed at Texas Education Agency headquarters. The State Board of Education recently honored 15 volunteers from school districts across Texas with the Heroes for Children award, and Spring ISD’s own Barney “Pop” Bennett was one of the recipients.