Rick Perry's Race to the Top Hypocrisy

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A new video from the Texas Democratic Party highlights Rick Perry's Race to the Top hypocrisy:

As I wrote in January, when Perry first decided to reject these dollars (“Rick Perry Rejects Texas' Chance at $700 Million in Public School Funding“):

The facts of this story:

  1. Texas was eligible for up to $700 million in federal education dollars, if we submitted a “Race to the Top” application
  2. The Texas Education Agency spent between 700-800 hours preparing the application
  3. Perry has refused to send the application, as officials have said the $700 million would be “too little money” — despite the fact that over 200 local school districts have had to raise taxes in order to pay for the structural deficit created by Perry and Dewhurst in 2006
  4. Refusing to send the application nullifies Texas' ability to compete for other grants

Rick Perry loves speaking at national conferences, as he builds his name ID for his eventual run for national office. At the conferences, though, he's apt to show his hypocrisy — as the TDP quite simply laid out in the video above. It will be up to Texas Democrats to remind their family, friends and neighbors about the hypocrisy Rick Perry is spreading — and remember that his political gamesmanship should not come at the expense of our Texas school children.


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. State Religion
    Why is anyone surprised?

    You seem to forget that the Hypocrisy is the offical state religion of Texas politics.  

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