Our friends at Save Texas Schools asked us to share information on their rally this Saturday at the Capitol. Here’s the scoop:
There’s a rally down at the Capitol on Saturday called Save Texas Schools from 10 a.m. to noon.
This is Save Texas Schools 5th statewide rally since 2011 to fight budget cuts and too much testing. Over 30,000 teachers, parents, students and others have come together, and it has made a difference.
But this time, it’s more crucial than ever that we show up.
- Did you know that approximately 70 percent of the education dollar goes to pay for teachers and campus staff? But the state is putting in 10 percent less per student than it did 10 years ago. That means we have fewer teachers and staff with little or no pay increases. In a time when the Texas economy is growing, this isn’t right!
- Did you know that Texas is 43rd in what it spends on education?
- Did you know that there is a proposed 13 percent cut to federal education spending, which provides 10 percent of education funding in Texas?
- Did you know that the state gave almost $4 billion in tax cuts two years ago, including $2.5 billion to cut a business tax that was supposed to support schools?
- Did you know that the state has about $12 billion in its “Rainy Day Fund,” but has refused to touch the money for education?
- Did you know that, while the State House wants to put some money back into education (about $1.5 billion), the Senate wants to cut even more, including higher education?
There is hope. The Speaker of the House just proposed using $2.5 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to fill some of these gaps, but he will face strong challenges from the Senate. Both the House and Senate will be debating budgets next week, and that’s why we need to be heard at the Capitol on Saturday.
The rally is nonpartisan, and both Republicans and Democrats, along with teachers, parents and students will be speaking. It’s not about politics, it’s about educating our kids the right way. Together, we can be the difference.
For more info about the rally, go to Save Texas Schools Facebook.