The movement to restore Texas school funding and restore common sense to Texas accountability testing arrived in force on the steps of the state capitol building on Saturday, March 24. Some 4,500 Texans—parents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens from all across the state—delivered a strong message of support for Texas public schools.
Support for our schools has been notably lacking in the state legislature. Legislative majorities egged on by Gov. Rick Perry have seen fit to cut funding while imposing over-the-top testing requirements that interfere with teaching and learning.
Among the speakers at the March 24 Save Texas Schools rally was Texas AFT President Linda Bridges, who billed the event as “an incredible opportunity for everyone to come together and let lawmakers know that voters won’t stand for underfunding our schools.” Texas AFT members from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and the Rio Grande Valley joined colleagues from Austin and other points among the thousands who gathered on the south steps of the capitol. Read More.