Possible breakthrough in Texas school funding shortfall

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Posted on February 19, 2011 at 7:54 PM

There was a major breakthrough Saturday in Texas' quest to secure $830 million in federal education funds — money that could drastically change the school funding battle now under way across the state.

That money has been tied up for more than a year in a feud between Republican Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin).

The issue?

Doggett doesn't want Perry and Republicans in the Texas Legislature cutting education funding any more than any other areas of the budget.

On Saturday morning, the U.S. House approved an amendment that would send the money to Texas.

The measure was sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville) and supported by all 23 House Republicans, although they originally voted against spending the money at all.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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