Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Austin Statesman EDUCATION
TEA sued over grants
A statewide teachers group sued the Texas Education Agency on Tuesday over dropout recovery grants awarded to three private, nonprofit entities.
The Texas State Teachers Association argued that the TEA doesn't have authority to grant public money to nonprofit organizations to provide direct student services.
Critics have maintained that Education Commissioner Robert Scott is using the $6 million grant program to create something akin to a school voucher program in which public dollars can be used at private schools. Scott has denied that contention.
Grants were also awarded to 19 public school districts, charter schools and community colleges.