Gov. Perry praises Texas school funding as ‘phenomenal’ (Star Telegram)

January 9, 2013 – Firing back at harsh criticism of Republicans for approving billions of dollars in public school funding cuts, Gov. Rick Perry defended state spending on education Wednesday and referred to “phenomenal” growth over the past decade. Education advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers have assailed the Republican-led Legislature for cutting more than $5 billion from education during the 2011 session, when the state faced a budget shortfall left by the recession. Lawmakers are being urged to restore the funding after projections showed that the state will have better-than-expected revenue — $101.4 billion — to fund services over the next two years.

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