Demand answers. And information. The legislature, led by Gov. Rick Perry, cut public education funding by more than $5 billion last year. And even though 10,000 teachers lost their jobs to save money, that didn’t make up for funding reductions by the state. School administrators have to look at everything. Including sports. And band and every extra-curricular activity.
Some schools have already done more than fire teachers. They’ve eliminated entire sports programs. Or reduced money available. Which forced dramatic changes in quality and performance. Some schools have started pay-to-play sports. Only families with money will be able to afford to have their children participate. In some districts, parents are now required to pay for student bus transportation to schools.
And now lawmakers in Austin are considering a voucher program. They predict it will move 600,000 kids out of public schools into private and virtual learning environments. That takes away another $2 billion in state funding. Where does this stop?
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I am writing to urge you to support adequate funding for our schools and extra-curricular activities for our children. The legislature has made far too many cuts to the public education budget and is pushing the financial burden down to local schools districts. They are forced to make cuts, fire teachers, and reduce money for sports and after school activities that make the educational experience more fulfilling for students. And now some families are facing pay-to-play programs and even having to pay for school bus transportation.The Texas Constitution requires that "the state make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools." I think it's time our government gets back to keep the promises of our founders.