Last session Republicans cut $5.4 billion in public education funding. But right now we have the opportunity to restore that funding and investment in our children.
Up at the Capitol a debate is taking place about how to allocate Rainy Day Funds. It's projected that we will have nearly $11.9 billion in the Rainy Day Fund at the end of the next two years. That is more than enough to fulfill our constitutional obligation to give the children in this state the best education possible, and provide the funding to invest in other state infrastructure needs.
We face many challenges in Texas, but our children should be our No. 1 priority.
As Representatives Lon Burnam and Chris Turner recently wrote:
Texas is the 49th in the nation in education funding, spending $3,000 less per student than the national average. Texas schools are still feeling the impact of the budget cuts: larger class sizes, teacher layoffs, cuts to pre-kindergarten funding, fewer tutoring opportunities to help students pass state tests, cuts in teacher training for science. And the list goes on.
Sign our petition to let your State Senator and State Representative know that you support using the Rainy Day Fund to fully restore the $5.4 billion cut from public education.
CLICK HERE to show your support for restoring funds cut from public education.
Public education means too much to our state for us to sit by without making our voices heard.