SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry lashed out Tuesday at a plan by President Barack Obama that would effectively let local Texas school districts circumvent the state's decision to not compete for millions in education reform dollars.
Obama singled out Texas on Tuesday while outlining a proposed $1.35 billion expansion of the "Race to the Top" education grant program, which Perry has denounced as a federal takeover of public schools. The program is currently only available to states, but Obama's proposal would let local school districts compete directly for funding down the road.
"Innovative districts like the one in Texas whose reform efforts are being stymied by state decision-makers will soon have the chance to earn funding to help them pursue those reforms," said Obama, speaking at a Virginia elementary school.
Perry pounced on that comment later in San Antonio.
"If you need any evidence that the federal government is bound and determined to intrude even farther into state affairs, look no farther than today's news," he said.
Perry went on to call the proposal "further interfering in state and local affairs" and said it shows the Obama administration's "clear disdain for our rights."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Rick and Obama fighting...
Rick and Obama are still fighting over education (link). Excerpt follows...
Is Rick setting himself up for 2012 with these battles with Obama, is he posturing in an election year for 2010, or does he really believe that Obama has a clear disdain for the rights of Texans? I think it might be a little of all three....