Save Texas Schools

The Texas education system – public schools as well as institutions of higher learning – is in a crisis. The state’s budget deficit is so great that this year’s legislature is considering cutting the state’s education budget by $4.8 billion. In fact, the Texas Education Agency has already begun laying off personnel.

Local public school districts are cutting their budgets. Austin Independent School District has already laid-off 1,000 employess and Dallas ISD may lay-off as many as 4,000 people. One district that I am very familiar with is planning to cut its budget by $2.5 million to $5 million starting this school year

The effects of such measures are disasterous. Budget cuts mean fewer personnel to take care of the business of educating our children, increased unemployment numbers, larger classroom sizes, greater teacher-student ratios, greater teaching challenges, fewer programs and extra-curricular activities, and the closing of facilities. The list could go on, but the point is that the current economic crisis that our nation and states are in the midst of is having a disasterous effect on our children, their education, and their families.

But, if there is a positive note about all of this, it is that people are responding in growing numbers to the decisions and actions that state legislatures are taking to reduce public services like education and healthcare programs. People are rallying, gathering, and protesting against such actions when state legislatures could take other steps to address state budget spend-and-cut measures.

One such action is a “Save Texas Schools” rally that is going to take place in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 12.

Save Texas Schools will hold a rally and march at the State Capitol on March 12, 2011. We are expecting thousands of parents, teachers, students, community members, business owners, and faith organizations to attend. And we need YOU there with us!

The proposed legislative cuts to public education funding are unacceptable. Texas – we deserve better. If you agree, stand with us at the capitol on March 12 to say YES to a strong public education system that supports our children, our communities and our future.”

Join thousands of other Texans who will gather at the Texas State capitol on March 12 to let our voices be heard when we say, Save Texas Schools!

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2 Comments on “Save Texas Schools”

  1. kenneth sims Says:

    the TEA is rumoured to be cutting down on hundreds of jobs.

  2. scottspeak Says:

    Kenneth,

    Thanks for the comment. I think the TEA is supposed to be laying 500+ people. Do you teach at San Jac?


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