According to the news article, H-E-B’s shy billionaire explains why he’s donating $100 million to improve Texas schools, published by Dallas News on February 2, 2017, Charles Butt, head of
H-E-B stores, has made a $100 million investment to create a new institute that will be dedicated to training school principals as well as superintendents.
Charles Butt, now 78 years old, is dedicated to improving the future of public schools and Texas’ children. The Holdsworth Center, named after his mother Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, will be a rigorous five-year program focused on leadership styles, using data to boost student performance and talent development.
Butt, who has committed an extensive amount of his life focusing on public education, “wants principals who can inspire and support teachers so Texas kids get only the best.” To make an impact on schools across Texas Butt believes that schools need strong principals who are not only innovative and compassionate, but also not afraid to take calculated risks.
Twenty districts were invited to apply for the Holdsworth Center, however only six will be chosen for the first group that begins its work in June. The program will then be open to districts statewide. Since the center has yet to establish a permanent facility, it will meet at conference centers near the selected districts.
“Better results remains his focus. That means strengthening curriculum across the board, making it harder to become a teacher so only the best can do it and ignoring “gimmicks” that distract the state from improving public schools,” he said.