Texas Teachers to Benefit from Supplemental Bill and Rep. Green, Texas Democratic Delegation
July 1, 2010
Washington, D.C. – To ensure that federal money intended for Texas’ schoolchildren reaches classrooms across the state, the Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation has urged Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Committee on Appropriations Chairman David Obey to include language that will guarantee emergency federal education dollars are spent on K-12 public education in the state.
“Unfortunately, last year Governor Perry was able to manipulate the intent of stimulus money sent to Texas and remove funds from the state budget committed for local schools,” Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) said. “Instead of Texas receiving an additional $3 billion for education, schools received no additional funding and Governor Perry was able to line the state’s coffers.”
The Democratic Delegation succeeded in including language, specific to the State of Texas, in the Supplemental Appropriations bill, H.R. 4899, which will distribute Texas’ share of the emergency education funds through federal Title I formula. This prevents the state government from being able to interfere with this funding stream which is specifically designated for education purposes. Last year, when $3.4 billion was sent to Texas as part of the stimulus bill, the state government decided to use the money to increase the state’s rainy day fund instead of its intended recipients, the schools and students of Texas.
Rep. Green and his Democratic colleagues rallied support from local school districts and major education organizations throughout the state in an appeal to Secretary Duncan, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Chairman Obey, in a letter sent on June 22 to make this guarantee.
“Congress is working to save the jobs of teachers across Texas and across the nation,” Rep. Green continued. “The supplemental appropriations bill includes $10 billion to prevent teacher layoffs. At a time when the economy is still recovering, the last thing we need is to put our valued teachers and our children’s education at risk.”