The projected $27 billion dollar budget hole is causing a stir in Texas. It means that the state will not be able to fund the public school system at its current level. A list of potential staff cuts is circulating.There are a number of things the public is doing to voice their opinion to Texas officials. There is a rally and march at the capitol in Austin on Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 starting at 12th and Trinity. And there is a giant letter writing campaign.
Here is my letter to Governor Rick Perry and other elected officials:
I am writing to encourage you to support the public schools of Texas. Our minds are our most important asset. To put anything else before education is a preventable disaster.
Without education there will be nothing new to take us forward and nothing to sustain our present. Our past could be forgotten.
And for what? Because some budget line was more important than teaching our children how to think. Because our priorities became selfish economic goals and our school systems became a public daycare.
With a strong education only the best is possible. Without it, the best is only hope and some crossed fingers for luck.
Please put Texas's schools at the forefront of all itineraries in the interest of our children, state and as an example to the nation.
• Use the $9.3 Billion Texas "Rainy Day" Fund to support public schools.
• Sign the paperwork for $830 Million in federal aid for classroom teachers.
• Fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and to our growing student population.