As House Democrats made their play for more school funding Monday afternoon, an unlikely ally of sorts roamed the chamber among them: State Rep. David Simpson.
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Dietz was sympathetic to the central argument raised by school districts in varying forms: that lawmakers had raised standards for Texas schools—specifically by rolling out the new, tougher STAAR test—just when they were cutting funding from public education. “We either want increased standards, and are willing to pay the price, or we don’t,” Dietz said today.
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst told the Observer he’s concerned that if legislators aren’t careful, the state’s budget surplus will quickly run out. “My advice to people is don’t get greedy.”
Despite all evidence to the contrary, some conservative lawmakers argue that they actually increased school funding. It’s a dishonest myth with incredible staying power.