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Home > Postcards > Archives > 2009 > June > 17 > Entry Congressional move to redirect Texas education money faltersBy Kate Alexander | Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 02:26 PM Texas Democrats in Congress failed to get into law a provision that would have forced Texas to change how it will distribute $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money for education.U.S.


Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, said a couple months ago that he planned to use an amendment to a budget bill to clarify that the money should go directly to the school districts, not help the state plug its budget holes.

The state has used that money to increase funding for school districts by $1.9 billion and pay for textbooks.But the supplemental spending bill for the nation's wars, which was supposed to be the vehicle for the provision, cleared the U.S.

House on Tuesday without the Texas-specific directive.Doggett said in a statement that "Congress could and should have provided clear guidance to block the diversion" of the education stimulus money."It did not, which is one of the reasons why I voted against the bill," Doggett said.Get more Legislative coverage inside the Virtual CapitolPermalink | Comments (0) | Post your comment Categories: EducationCommentsClick here to report comment abuse.Commenting is open from 8 a.m.

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