Perry Vetoes School Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN -- Republican Governor Rick Perry today vetoed the state's $35.3 billion public education budget. He also called lawmakers back to the Capitol to finally find a solution to the school finance dilemma.

He said that he recognizes that it's a bold step. And said it's one he struggled with.

Without state funds, K-12 schools will struggle to educate Texas' 4.3 million students when the new school year starts in August.

Such a scenario could give lawmakers who have been uninspired to find a school finance solution the impetus to get the job done.

The special session is set to begin Tuesday. It will mark the Legislature's fourth attempt to take up school finance in the last three years, including the last two regular sessions. Perry called a special session last spring, but it ended in failure.

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