Your Education Road Map

Politics K-12®

ESSA. Congress. State chiefs. School spending. Elections. Education Week reporters keep watch on education policy and politics in the nation’s capital and in the states. Read more from this blog.

Education Funding

Texas Democrats Not Happy About Stimulus Shell Games

By Michele McNeil — June 18, 2009 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Texas Democrats are fighting what’s perhaps a noble, albeit losing, battle over State Fiscal Stabilization Fund money that’s designed to help prop up states’ K-12 education budgets.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and fellow Republicans have figured out, like a lot of other states, that even if you don’t really need to cut education, you can cut K-12 anyway and fill the cuts with federal stimulus money, thereby freeing up money for other government programs that would have been spent on education.

In one case, Democrats fought a valiant and creative fight as members of the Texas congressional delegation threatened to withhold their votes on a war-spending bill if Congress didn’t amend the law to stop Texas’ planned use of education-stimulus dollars. But that maneuver was ultimately unsuccessful.

Related Tags: