School employees vow to be more active
in electing lawmakers to reverse the cuts
Two new Texas AFT surveys reveal the continuing damage—larger class sizes, loss of key services for struggling students and increased discipline problems—done by $5.4 billion in state cuts to public education while also highlighting the intent of school employees to be more politically active in support of candidates who pledge to reverse the cuts.
The new surveys focused especially on impacts expected in the 2012-2013 school year, which is year two of the cuts enacted in 2011. Responses to the surveys from school employees and superintendents alike indicate that conditions for learning and teaching in Texas classrooms continue to deteriorate as a result of the 2011 budget cuts, employee morale continues to decline accordingly, and students face ever-increasing class sizes as further layoffs loom.
“The bottom line of both surveys is that the budget cuts of 2011 are doing lasting damage in our classrooms,” said Texas AFT President Linda Bridges.