Thousands of educators to gather on Capitol steps Monday to “Stand Up for Public Schools”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2017
CONTACT:  Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343

Teachers and school employees will carry the message: “We will not be silenced!”

 What: Educators from around the state will spend the first day of spring break working to ensure that legislators stand up for public education and show respect for teachers and school employees. Buses carrying the educators will arrive in the early morning to allow participants to meet with lawmakers, followed by a noon rally on the Capitol steps.

Educators will carry the message that they will not stand for privatization of our schools through vouchers, nor will they buckle under threats targeting their professional organizations.

When:  Monday, March 13, 2017
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Teachers and school employees visit with legislators
Noon – Rally on the South Steps with guest speakers

Where: State Capitol, South Steps, Austin, Texas

Who: Rally speakers include: legislators, school employees and union leaders, Allen Weeks (Save Texas Schools and Austin Voices for Education and Youth), Charles Foster Johnson (Pastors for Texas Children) and John Ogletree (Cypress-Fairbanks school board member).

Interviews with teachers and union leaders from around the state will be available in the morning and afternoon. You may also contact us for information on bus departure times and locations from local areas.

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

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