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Obama's $26 Billion Bill Could Affect State Education

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SHERMAN, TX--During these tough economic times for schools, a national bill could spare the jobs of thousands teachers across America.

However, a Texas state representative says it may not be necessary. 

President Obama signed a $26 billion bill that requires states to maintain a minimum education budget.  Texas State Representative Larry Phillips spoke at the Sherman Independent School District luncheon today. 

Phillips has three children in the Sherman school system, and says that tax dollars are best regulated by the state.

"I think that's what most Texas don't like, is when they say, 'you have to do it this way,' well we may be doing things differently, and when they tie up those programs or make us have to do it a certain way, that may not be best for Texas," Phillips said. "You know, let Texans spend our tax dollars the way we should."

The federal funds would require states to meet national standards. How the federal money will be dispersed among states is still being decided. Obama says he hopes the $26 billion will spare 300,000 teacher and police jobs. How much it could cost Texas to implement the bill is still unknown.

Jen French, KTEN News