Texas received $830 million dollars today, eight months after a provision that prohibited the state from accessing emergency funding.
Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison each led legislation in their respective chambers to get this provision removed and allow Texas to receive the funding it was originally denied.
“Today our schoolchildren and teachers received the funding they should have never been denied,” said Dr. Burgess. “For months I worked with Senator Hutchison to repeal the Doggett language and today Governor Perry told me Texas did receive the funding from the Department of Education. This $830 million will give our schoolchildren, teachers, and communities additional funding during this financial crisis - today is indeed Good Friday.”
“I am very pleased that Texas teachers and students are now being treated fairly. The Texas Republican delegation, with strong leadership by Congressman Michael Burgess, worked for months to undo the discriminatory Doggett amendment that could have cost Texas schoolchildren $830 million in badly needed funding for their education. This is a victory for our state’s students and teachers,” said Sen. Hutchison.