At $80 a pop, public access to Houston ISD Superintendent Terry Grier's annual speech on the state of the public school system comes dear.
The fundraiser for the HISD Foundation sold around 2,000 tickets this year. Grier gave his State of the Schools speech on Friday at the Hilton Americas downtown, after guests dined on a lunch of cornish hen.
The foundation supports schools programs and according to a recent tax form spent the bulk of its program money on the ASPIRE bonus program.
Depending on your view, that's a worthy cause. But should access to an important talk about the public school system be restricted to those who can afford an $80 ticket? That's more than a ticket to the Houston Grand Opera or even a dugout box seat at a Houston Astros game.
Less expensive tickets, at $45, were available for educators and nonprofits.
The ticket price makes access to the State of Metro, at $65 a head, look downright economical.
Photo on homepage of the crowd gathered at the Hilton Americas on Friday, Feb. 19, to hear HISD Superintendent Terry Grier's State of the Schools speech. CREDIT: Lee Ann O'Neal.