The Texas legislature saved $2 million for school funds, however, much of it was used for other purposes, such as building railroads. Soon enough, there was little money left to use to pay teachers and build schoolhouses.
What did they look like?
If they actually build one, it usually ended up as a one-room log cabin. The chairs and desks were cut from logs and the floor was dirt. The cabins were lit by sunlight or by torches or lanterns. Some unfortunate kids had to sit on a plank rested on two stones and used their knees as desks.
How were the kids treated?
They were strictly disciplined and learned many things. At young ages they were taught how to speak Latin and even Greek. Children saw school as a way to get away from their chores at home.