AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Department of Education may withhold as much as $7 million from President Bush's home state for failing to tell parents whether schools performed up to standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Parents won't be able to request transfers to move their children from poorly performing schools until the information is released, and the funding may be withheld until then.
"The law states we're supposed to announce the results before school started and we did not make that deadline," Debbie Graves Ratcliffe, a Texas Education Agency spokeswoman, told the San Antonio Express-News for its Saturday editions.
State education officials said they might not have final results until February.
Ratcliffe said the school report cards were delayed because federal education officials did not approve the state's plan for assessing progress until the end of July. Much of Texas' plan was scrapped because it didn't meet the law's requirements.