Topic: Budget

Gov. Perry, Feeling the Heat, Applies for State Education-Jobs Funding

One day after Gov. Rick Perry issued a letter to Texas school administrators simultaneously denouncing the federal education-jobs funding bill and announcing that he would ask for the money, the Texas application for the funding was formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education today by Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott on Perry's behalf. Read More

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Deadline Nears for Governor to Accept Federal Education-Jobs Aid: Do It Already!

School boards, school administrators, rank-and-file education employees, and educator organizations across Texas continue to call on Gov. Rick Perry to accept $830 million earmarked for Texas school districts by the recently enacted federal emergency-aid bill to save education jobs. As a September 9 deadline for requesting the funds from the U.S. Department of Education approaches, more and more voices are...

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State Senator Blasts TEA for Hitting the Brakes on Seat-Belt-Equipped School Buses

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Democrat of Brownsville, is more than a little displeased with the Texas Education Agency, which has decided that a law Lucio wrote requiring new school buses to be equipped with seat belts cannot be implemented immediately and will not be backed by the full $10 million the legislature appropriated for it. The planned funding has been scaled...

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Shortsighted Cuts in Proposed State Education Budget Draw Fire From Texas AFT

Texas AFT Responds to Shortsighted Budget Cuts: Texas AFT President Linda Bridges put out a statement to the media today in response to the Texas Education Agency's just-released 2012-2013 budget request, which reflects instructions from Gov. Rick Perry and top legislative officials to cut 10 percent of all TEA spending (other than per-pupil formula aid to school districts). Here is...

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Will $830 Million in Job-Saving Federal Aid Reach Texas? Help Make It Happen

Today state officials reportedly have been meeting in the nation’s capital with the U.S. Department of Education in a bid to secure $830 million earmarked for financially hard-pressed Texas school districts. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has until September 9 to apply for the aid under the Education Jobs Fund program enacted August 10. Gov. Perry and his legislative allies have...

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Progress on Education Aid? Keep Up the Pressure

News reports tell us that Texas education officials are en route to Washington, D.C., for discussions Friday with the U.S. Department of Education on how to secure $830 million in job-saving education aid for Texas school districts. The money is there for the asking, thanks to legislation passed by Congress early this month. Gov. Rick Perry initially balked at providing...

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Texas AFT Speaks Out for Active and Retired School Employees at TRS Budget Hearing

Texas AFT legislative spokesman Ted Melina Raab called for "decent pensions and health care for all education employees, active and retired" in testimony at a state Legislative Budget Board hearing today. Melina Raab said Texas AFT supports the full spending request submitted by the Texas Teacher Retirement System, which seeks a sizable boost in the state's contribution rate to the...

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Action Alert: With State Funding Faltering and Local Budgets Squeezed, Tell the Governor Federal Aid Should Be Welcomed

A new school year is set to start next week, and the Texas system of financing public education is in trouble. Outdated, inadequate, and inequitable state funding formulas have put an increasing burden on Texas school districts to take up the slack. Some 60 percent of districts reportedly are dipping into reserves for the 2010-2011 school year. The state already...

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