April 12, 2011
Doggett Amendment Repealed
According to a story in the Texas Tribune, the Doggett Amendment has been repealed as part of the budget compromise passed by Congress Friday night.
The "Save Our Schools" amendment from U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, was aimed at prohibiting Texas from using federal dollars to replace state funding of schools.
The battle began last summer when Doggett and other House Democrats supported an amendment to the EduJobs bill that allocated $10 billion in federal money for education. The amendment stipulated that Texas couldn't use it's $830 million portion of the money to supplant rather than supplement education funding.
To get the money, Gov. Rick Perry would've had to guarantee the state's contribution to public education funding would not decrease. Perry said he couldn't commit the Legislature to certain funding levels and the US Department of Education denied Texas' application for the money.
Doggett has said the amendment was meant to protect schools because Perry and state lawmakers used $3.25 billion in federal stimulus money meant for education to supplant state funding for schools in 2009.
Read the full Texas Tribune article here: http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/doggett-amendment-federal-education-money-repealed/