From the Austin American-Statesman:
“To no one’s surprise, Gov. Rick Perry announced on Tuesday that Texas would not apply for some of the remaining $3.4 billion in federal grant money intended to spur education reform across the country. Texas could have won as much as $700 million, if it had chosen to compete.”
And the TEA, having spent hundreds of hours preparing documents that they would have submitted to obtain up to $700 million in federal dollars, federal dollars that have already been appropriated, is now thinking that if someone demands a copy of their work, as is anyone’s right under the Freedom of Information Act, that might put them at a disadvantage if for some reason Texas participates in Round 3.
If for instance, Texas acquires a new governor in November that would not deny his own state’s school districts much-needed federal funding.
So they released their horde of documents, found here.
This was a lot of work. A lot of work that adds up to absolutely nothing if it doesn’t even get submitted. And yes, it would have been criminal if the TEA didn’t itself produce this product because their governor, their boss, won’t like it, use it or submit it.
And I have learned from a lifetime of working for incompetent fools that the last thing you do is predict how low your boss can possibly perform, and you work in anticipation of that happening just to make life easier on you.