Perry fires back at Dems over education spending

February 12, 2011 4:52:57 AM PST
Gov. Rick Perry is asking Texas Democrats in Congress to repeal a federal provision that has stirred up a political hornet's nest and tied up about $830 million intended to help struggling Texas schools.

In a letter to Texas' Democrats Friday, Perry reiterated his position that state law forbids him from making the assurances about spending that the federal law requires. He urged the delegation to repeal the amendment, which he said "unfairly targets Texas schoolchildren, teachers and taxpayers."

Austin Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett added the amendment to last year's bill that would prohibit Texas from using the federal money as a substitute for state money. The U.S. Department of Education kicked back the Texas application, asking Perry to resubmit it. Texas officials filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking to overturn the federal decision.