Texas lawmakers advance $4 billion in cuts to public schools

06/10/2011 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

The Texas House of Representatives voted along party lines to tentatively approve a plan to reduce by $4 billion state aid to public schools. Democrats, who opposed the measure, lost their bid to avoid the cuts by pulling money out of the state's rainy day fund. Next, lawmakers are expected to consider measures that allow school districts to manage the cuts through larger class sizes, teacher pay cuts and furloughs.

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