- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The Fort Worth school board over the last school year has spent more on travel than previous boards did over the previous 10 years and almost double the average over that decade.

Records examined by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/1kCSBVe ) show school trustees spent more than $82,000 in travel from July 1, 2014, to June 30 last year. School Board President Jacinto Ramos alone accounted for $24,000 of the expenses.

Trustees say they’re participating more in state and national activities dealing with urban school district reforms. Ramos says they’re putting the district “back on the local and national map” and that it’s important for him to be visible at events.

One official at a spending watchdog group says he’s curious how attending Washington cocktail parties is helping kids’ reading skills.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com

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