U.S. state Texas sues federal government over education funding application

12:38, September 24, 2010      

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The U.S. state of Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday in an attempt to get 830 million U.S. dollars in education funds stalled by an amendment that puts strings on the state getting the money.

The legal petition was filed by Texas Attorny General Greg Abbott, after the U.S. Department of Education denied Texas' application to draw the money from a 10-billion education jobs protection program passed by the Congress last month.

The department "misapplied a federal law when it construed an amendment by Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett in a manner that unconstitutionally discriminates against the State of Texas," Abbott said.

The Texas-only provision in the jobs protection program requires Texas Governor Rick Perry to promise that the state will retain the same level of education funding for three years to qualify for the money.

In rejecting Texas' application for the funding, The Department of Education ruled that Perry's application did not meet the terms of the Doggett amendment. It invited Texas to submit a revised application.

"The Doggett Amendment singles out Texas for discriminatory treatment and requires Texas to make assurances that were not required of any other state," said Abbott.

Even worse, Abbott said, "when Texas tried to satisfy the heightened standard, the state's application was rejected and Texas schoolchildren were denied hundreds of millions of dollars in education funding."

The Texas-only provision in the jobs protection program stemmed from concerns that Texas, which is facing a huge budget shortfall through the next two years, would use the money for other purposes other than education.

Source: Xinhua


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