FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2021
CONTACT: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on the continuing refusal of some state leaders to release federal funding for our schools.
Release the money. It’s that simple. It’s time for the governor and other state leaders to stop fiddling around with billions of dollars intended to go directly to our schools.
Districts have already shelled out millions of dollars on safety measures, building and filtration improvements, and new devices for remote learning. Some districts have warned they will be forced to lay off teachers without the federal money or leave open positions unfilled, which would negatively impact pandemic safety and learning with increased class sizes.
If the money is distributed now, our school districts have detailed plans for using the funds to catch up our kids in academics and pay for the things to keep schools safe in the pandemic. But instead of launching those plans and completing their budgets for next fall, districts are stuck waiting, dumbfounded that our state government can’t figure out how to get the money flowing like so many other states have done.
We are wholeheartedly supporting a great amendment to the House budget bill headed for debate tonight (by Rep Eddie Rodriguez). It’s simple and common sense: Send the money now to our schools and don’t use it for any other purpose.
• Visit Texas AFT’s #StopTheSwap page for more information.
• See the Raise Your Hand Texas page for more on why districts need this federal aid and how other states have used the funding.
Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 66,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.