Texas school districts have for months pointed the finger at the state's spartan budget proposals for forcing them to lay off thousands of teachers and other employees.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry laid the blame for the impending dismissals at the feet of local administrators and school boards.
"The lieutenant governor, the speaker, their colleagues aren't going to hire or fire one teacher, as best I can tell," Perry said at a news conference about state sovereignty. "That is a local decision that will be made at the local districts."