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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 5:30pm
AUSTIN— Governor Rick Perry blamed government spending and legislation as causes that bankrupt states, causing Texas districts to consider laying off teachers statewide.
An estimated 100,000 teachers could be fired statewide.
The state provides 37 percent of funding for public schools, with the rest of the funding coming from local property taxes.
Perry suggested for school districts to look into the growth in their administration to trim their budgets.
“Over the course of the last decade, we have seen an extraordinary amount of non-class room employees added to school roles,” said Gov. Perry. “So, are the administrators in the school boards going to make an effort to reduce those? Or are they going to make a decision to reduce the number of teachers in the classroom? I certainly know what I would want. I think the non-teaching group would be the first place that I would look if there were reductions to be made."