Austin, TX, May 15, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- State Representative Dan Flynn welcomed the decision by the U.S. Department of Education to approve the state's application for $830 million in federal funding for Texas schools. The application had been delayed in Washington for the past nine months as a result of an anti-Texas provision written by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett that singled out Texas and attempted to force Gov. Perry to violate the Texas Constitution in order to receive these funds. Representative Flynn stated, "I am encouraged by this development. The entire session I have been seeking any and all ways to provide funds for teachers and students in the classroom and this helps."
Under this approval, the State of Texas has been approved to receive $830 million in funds under the Federal Education Jobs Fund. Allocation amounts were calculated based on weighted average daily attendance (WADA). "The method of determining which schools got what amounts is not something I am comfortable with but I understand it is very necessary to get those funds to the districts in order that they may use those funds directly to avoid teacher layoffs and provide maximum classroom support. These funds will provide much needed funding for our schools as they prepare their budgets for the coming year and will help retain thousands of Texas teacher jobs," said Representative Flynn. Specific funding levels can be found at: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147500435