WASHINGTON — Texas schools would get $2.3 billion in federal construction money under the jobs proposal sent by President Barack Obama to Congress this week, including $104 million for San Antonio schools, officials said Tuesday.
Obama was stumping in Ohio for his $447 billion jobs bill, which includes the funds to renovate and improve the 100 largest, high-need public school districts.
“Every child deserves a great school, and we can give it to them,” Obama told parents and students in Columbus, Ohio. “But we’ve got to pass this bill.”
Under the president’s proposal, the San Antonio Independent School District would get $69 million and Northside ISD would get $35 million, according to estimates released by the White House.
“This would be a good infusion of capital into the San Antonio economy and we would welcome and put to good use these federal funds for renovation and construction of schools,” said Pascual Gonzalez, a Northside spokesman.
Of the Texas school districts, Houston would see the most under the jobs plan, with $233 million estimated for renovation and repairs there. Dallas would see $191 million, while Fort Worth would get $85 million and Austin, $69 million.
Size does matter when it comes to media clout and what that means for a city.
The good news for San Antonio is that the Alamo City has gained some important media muscle, according to Arbitron Inc.
Now, it’s up to city leaders to leverage that growth.
Arbitron reports in its Fall 2011 Market Survey that the Alamo City has moved up from the No. 31 spot on its Metro Survey Area Rankings and Population list to 28.
The new ranking is based on San Antonio’s estimated metro population of 1.8 million people ages 12 and up.
Arbitron carries plenty of weight in the media industry.
Its new survey puts the San Antonio metro area ahead of markets such as Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Orlando, Indianapolis and New Orleans.
Based on the Arbitron rankings, San Antonio is less than 200,000 people shy of the 25th spot, currently held by Pittsburgh.
Border Media Partners founder Tom Castro told the Business Journal back in 2006 that the Alamo City had become a “very attractive” media market because it had “lots of unique characteristics that are getting people’s attention.”
He predicted at the time that, within a few years, San Antonio would become a “top-25 market.”