Julián Castro says Rick Perry's administration left “12,000 teachers without a job”
In his June 8, 2012, keynote speech at the Texas Democratic Party convention, San Antonio’s mayor told the crowd that cuts to education spending harm future economic growth.
"Every Texan knows that, except (Governor) Rick Perry," Julián Castro told the crowd. "His Republican administration cut $4 billion out of our public schools. That's 12,000 Texas teachers without a job."
Castro’s reference to a $4 billion cut is very familiar. As we noted in an April 2012 fact check, the 2011 Legislature changed school finance formulas so schools would get $4 billion less than if the formulas had stayed the same. Perry signed the formula changes into law.
Politico is being very conservative in just giving him a "half true". You know if Obama made a single move that cost 11,000 jobs the right wing would be screaming it from the top of their lungs every day. But if Perry cuts teachers in Texas - hey that's no biggie. They applaud teachers losing their jobs or getting pay cuts. The right wing hates teachers.
Still, school districts shed nearly 11,000 teaching positions in the first school year affected by the $4 billion cut signed into law by Perry.
I've heard about the power and the potential of this guy for years. He's not going to be Ralph Yarborough by any means but is there any other shot the Dems have at retaking the Governorship? When is he going to run for governor? At this point, I'm worried Perry will be governor for life.