PHARR, Texas – Rio Grande Valley school districts have done exceptionally well in moving from the top to the bottom in the statewide averages for K-12 education. However, there is still a long way to go. 

This is the view of Dr. Daniel P. King, executive director of Region One Education Service Center. 

King gave the opening remarks at a recent RGV Focus retreat. It was held at the Pharr Development and Research Center.

King pointed out that metropolitan areas bigger than the Valley, such as Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, have much more corporate wealth and some of that wealth bolsters the revenues of school districts in those cities. Valley schools do not have access to that support yet still outperform those in the big cities, he said.

After the RGV Focus event had concluded Dr. King gave the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service an exclusive video interview.


The Guardian recorded the entirety of Dr. King’s opening remarks at the RGV Focus retreat. Here it is:

Editor’s Note: The above audio and video story is the second in a series of stories the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service is running about the RGV Focus 2022 Retreat. Click here to watch Part One. 

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