Perry praises Texas school funding as 'phenomenal'


Firing back at harsh criticism of Republicans for approving billions of dollars in public school funding cuts, Gov. Rick Perry defended state spending on education Wednesday and referred to "phenomenal" growth over the past decade.

The comments did nothing to calm the criticism, and they prompted Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth to accuse the Republican governor of using "fuzzy math."

Education advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers have assailed the Republican-led Legislature for cutting more than $5 billion from education during the 2011 session, when the state faced a budget shortfall left by the recession.

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