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Texas governor offers school grants to spur sharing

Texas schools that cut bureaucratic costs by sharing services—from accounting to transportation—would get grants worth 10 percent of their savings under a plan Gov. Rick Perry proposed Aug. 31, Reuters reports. Texas will have to slash spending in its next two-year budget, because its deficit is estimated at as high as $18 billion. The Republican governor said his proposal would increase how much money can be devoted to the classroom. Furthermore, “These shared services create the economies of scale that benefit larger districts, while maintaining the individual attention available in smaller districts,” Perry said in a statement. The governor, who narrowly leads his Democratic rival, Houston’s former mayor Bill White, in the polls, has decided to seek $830 million in federal education aid, according to local newspapers. That’s how much Texas stood to receive from the $10 billion Congress enacted to help save teaching jobs around the nation. Perry had spurned the funds at first, because Texas would be required to spend the same amount on its schools for three years in row…

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