Statewide education campaign against huge spending cuts
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
Texas public schools could be seeing around 10 billion dollars in cuts over the next two years. Schools across the state are are joining together in a new campaign that aims to remind lawmakers that education can not be ignored.
David Schleicher, on the Waco ISD school board, says this is a way to politely remind the Legislature that education is important, and one of the "fundamental things that State government does."
Waco ISD and 528 other school districts have adopted the "Make Education a Priority Campaign," that was started by the Aledo ISD. Like other school districts, Waco ISD administrators are considering the crippling possibilities of teacher layoffs and program terminations, should these cuts be enacted.
Officials say these cuts would not only affect education, but may raise unemployment rates. Schleicher says, We also could be talking about, statewide, putting teachers out on the street when unemployment is already a significant problem, and keeps people from spending, and helping the economy grow."
Monday afternoon, Superintendents and Trustees met in Austin, to discuss the cuts, and the state of Texas school's today. They believe education did not create this deficit, and should not be hurt the most when trying to solve it.