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Texas could lose education aid under new jobs bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Senate today is expected to give final approval to a bill requiring Texas to maintain state education spending levels through 2013.

It's a state-specific mandate that Republican Gov. Rick Perry has called unconstitutional.

A Texas Education Agency spokeswoman and an aide to GOP Sen. John Cornyn say the provision likely would mean Texas would lose more than $800 million in federal money for its schools.

The provision is part of a $26 billion bill intended to help states ease severe budget problems and - advocates said - prevent the layoff of nearly 300,000 teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees.

The Texas Constitution bars the governor from committing to future legislative spending.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett stands by the proposal. Sarah Dohl says the measure would require is that the governor makes assurances that he's not going to sign a budget that singles out education for cuts more than anywhere else.

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