Congress Provides $830 Million for Texas Schools, but Governor Must Act

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August 11, 2010

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On August 10, Congress set aside approximately $10 billion for states to spend to save public school teachers’ jobs. Saving jobs helps today’s economy and protecting education helps tomorrow’s economy. Texas’ share of the total is about $830 million. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that this will pay for about 14,500 Texas teachers and other personnel. As this paper explains, both technical and legal questions must be answered before Texas can draw down its share. But Texas should be able to access these funds to help our schools and economy.