Despite Cuts, Brownsville Schools Protect Chess Legacy

Budget cuts may have taken more than $30 million out of the Brownsville Independent School District’s budget for the next two years, but administrators say they are working to preserve financing for one key pot of money: the chess budget. This academic year, it totals $400,000.

“I don’t think there’s any other school district in the nation that puts dollars of any consequence into chess,” said Jay Harris, who coordinates the district’s program.

But for Brownsville, a border city that is one of the poorest in the nation, the “royal game” serves as an avenue to success and ...

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