With the announcement on Friday that the U.S. Department of Education has accepted the proposal by the State of Texas for how it plans to spend $3.2 billion in education stimulus cash, Austin Independent School District (AISD) should be receiving an extra $12 million this year. Great news, right? Well, it might be, if AISD wasn’t supposed to be getting $78 million.
Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett has calculated that’s the real sum that Congress intended. AISD, along with every other school district in Texas, was supposed to get a big stack of stimulus cash on top of their regular budget, not as a component of it. Instead what Gov. Rick Perry and the legislature did, Doggett argues, is “create an artificial cut in funding and then replace that artificial cut with money from the stimulus.”
Playing politics at the expense of our kids and our future well-being as a state. God-damned Disgusting.