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Rick Perry's Baloney About Federal Education Money

22 August 2011 at 3:17:09 PM

Rick Perry pretends to be of one position but actually does another.

From Thnkprogress

Fed Up is not some 20-year-old graduate school thesis that Perry wrote before he served in elected office. It is a substantial, nationally published manifesto that Perry was proudly signing at book tours just a few months ago. Indeed, as recently as last Monday, Perry was on the campaign trail citing Fed Up for the unusual proposition that “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.”

Okay, so let's examine that. Texas is a low services state and has some of the lowest stats for public education in the United States. Rick Perry not only advocates teaching creationism but wrongly thought creationism WAS being taught in Texas schools; in fact, the last 3 heads of the Texas State Board of Education have been creationists.

But what happened about this big ole outcray about federal education money? OH, AFTER Rick Perry said he didn't want federal education money, he went ahead and asked for them anway. (A pattern, you might note, with Mr. P) His problem is that he wanted the federal money but wouldn't guarantee he would actually use it for, you know, education.

Two weeks ago, the Education Department rejected Texas' application for the $830 million, part of a recently passed federal measure intended to help school districts protect teacher jobs, because Gov. Rick Perry did not make assurances that Texas would hold state education spending steady over the next three years. That assurance is required by a Texas-specific amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin.

Perry maintains that he cannot comply with the Doggett amendment without violating the state constitution because the governor cannot appropriate money nor obligate a future Legislature to a certain level of spending.

US Rep Lloyd Doggett passed an amendment saying that if Texas wanted federal education money it had to be SPENT on education, not used, say, to put into the general fund for something else.

In today's State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry called out U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, for blocking $830 million in federal money for education.

Perry urged Texans to ask their congressmen about "their progress on repealing the Doggett amendment that is taking more than $830 million from Texas schoolchildren and teachers right now." Later in the speech, he said the state needed to help school districts through tight budgetary times, which he said were "made worse by a certain Texas congressman who singled out our state for punishment in pursuit of his own agenda."

In a statement, Doggett — that "certain Texas congressman" — called for “less personal politics and more creative collaboration to benefit schoolchildren across Texas," and added that the governor's "jibe says less about the state of the state and more about his own state of denial."

Last summer, Doggett and other Democrats in the House supported an amendment to a bill allocating $10 billion in federal funding for education that said Texas couldn't use its portion — $830 million — to supplant state funding of schools. Because Perry refused to guarantee future funding without the permission of state lawmakers, the Department of Education denied the Texas application for money. In a Jan. 10 New York Timesletter to the editor, Doggett wrote that he worked to pass the measure because in 2009 Perry and state lawmakers used $3.25 billion in federal stimulus dollars marked for education to replace state funding for schools.

Texas Republicans didn't like that.

Members of the Texas Republican delegation, led by Rep. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, introduced legislation today that would repeal an amendment in last month's education jobs bill that set requirements specific to Texas for the funding.

The amendment, crafted by Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, says that in order for Texas to receive about $830 million to employ teachers, the governor must commit to maintaining state education fundings at the same level for three years.

Doggett has said the amendment would ensure education money would not be diverted for other uses. Governor Rick Perry said the requirement violates the Texas constitution.

Last week, the Department of Education denied Texas' application for the funds.

P.S About those education standards that Rick Perry wants nothing to do with

That issue aside, Perry remains a skeptic of the common standards movement, which the Obama administration supports. His state is one of only five to have not adopted common standards.

"The academic standards of Texas are not for sale," he writes. "We will retain our sovereign authority to decide how to educate our children."

This week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offered a strongly worded critique of Perry's record on school issues, saying his policies have resulted in higher class sizes, low graduation rates, and big cuts in funding. See my colleague Michele McNeil's item on the secretary's remarks.

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1 - citizenB   22 Aug 2011 @ 5:54:15 PM 

I don't know about you.. but I think Rick Perry just gets confused sometimes.  You know... do as I say, not as I do.  ;)

2 - pstern   22 Aug 2011 @ 6:24:03 PM 


That certainly could be a part of Rick Perry's persona.

If I may be blunt, Rick Perry is another one of those sociopaths who lies so much he starts to believe his own crap and wouldn't know a lie if he tripped over it.  There seems to be so many of this type of person these days, especially in politics.


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3 - humanbeing   22 Aug 2011 @ 7:02:40 PM 

Not just in politics. Yes, these people are very good at convincing themselves that their BS is truth. Then, it becomes impossible to reason.

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4 - salon   23 Aug 2011 @ 9:31:46 AM 

@citizenb-Yeah. *confused*-that's what I'd say too if I was caught with my hand in the cookie jar. I don't think he's a sociopath, I just think he's a liar. It's like with the social security, where he's been completely against it, but was campaigning in a place where the Republicans were for it. He said to them, basically, don't worry, your social security is protected, typical political pandering. But then, when the questioner wanted to ask why the discrepancy between what his book says, ie, SS is a ponzi scheme, states should do pensions, etc, he stuck a popover in his mouth to avoid answering. That tells me that he knew he was going to be caught in conflicting positions. Heh. If I had been that questioner, I would have stood there till he finished eating that popover and asked him again. Then, not surprisingly, the next day, his handlers say "Pay No Attention To That Book Rick Perry Wrote and is Still Selling". heh.

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5 - pstern   23 Aug 2011 @ 10:49:22 AM 

Hey Salon, who says you can't be both a liar AND a sociopath???? 

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6 - salon   23 Aug 2011 @ 11:18:08 AM 

made me laugh

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