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April 22, 2011, 9:30pm
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AUSTIN -- Attorney General Greg Abbott issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education finally approved the State of Texas application for its $830 million share of education funding.

After months of waiting, Texas schools will finally receive their $830 million share of education funds that were unnecessarily delayed in Washington, DC. We are grateful that the new Congress remedied Congressman Doggetts attempt to discriminate against his own State and its school children. Fortunately for Texas children, teachers, and schools, the Doggett Amendment was stricken from federal law, the States application was approved, and Texas no longer has to wait for the very same funds that were available to every other state months ago.

While we are confident that our legal challenge to the Doggett Amendment and to the Administrations improper disapproval of Texas application would have ultimately succeeded, congressional action and Texas officials prompt submission of a new application ensured that $830 million will be available to our schools right away. We are grateful to Congressman Michael Burgess, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator John Cornyn and the Texas congressional delegation for their efforts to resolve this issue more quickly than would have been the case if we had to wait for victory in federal court.

Background

On September 14, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education rejected the State of Texas application for its $830 million share of the $10 billion Education Jobs Fund. The Departments rejection stemmed from a Texas-only amendment that was authored by Congressman Lloyd Doggett (Austin). Under the Doggett Amendment, Texas was singled out for di sparate treatment and subjected to onerous standards that were different from the rules Congress placed on all 49 other states. After the Department of Education improperly rejected Texas application, Attorney General Abbott took legal action challenging both the Obama Administrations improper decisionand the constitutionality of Congressman Doggetts discriminatory provision.
 

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Monica Quiroga  
Floresville, TX  
April 23, 2011 8:05pm
 
So does this mean that the notice we received stating that the kids in pre-AP college credit will now be able to take classes for free, as was proposein the original plan? Since Floresville city council reneged on their commitment ... More ›

 
James Lasley  
Houston, TX  
April 22, 2011 11:01pm
 
This article fails to mention the reason Senator Doggett created the "Save Our Schools" amendment. In 2009, Gov. Perry diverted federal money allocated for public education towards the state's "rainy day fund." ... More ›

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