Education czar spares pre-K but axes science labs
POSTED: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:48pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 25, 2011 - 9:50pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott
is asking lawmakers to spare state funding for pre-kindergarten
However, he suggests eliminating funding approved last year for
new science labs. Textbook funding also would take a major hit in
the Texas Education Agency's budget request for the next two-year
State leaders have asked agencies to cut their requests by 10
percent to help lawmakers grapple with a budget hole that could be
close to $18 billion.
For the TEA, that means proposed cuts of more than $260 million.
In presenting the agency's budget request to a legislative panel
Tuesday, Scott pledged "the full cooperation of the agency to work
through" the budget crisis.
Critics complain that the proposed cuts would eliminate too much
from teacher professional development opportunities while leaving
the merit pay plan untouched.