We can all agree that there needs to be something seriously done about our schools education system, with budget cuts happening every year and only getting worse. In my mind I knew what was happening was bad, with my tuition going up and classes a little larger than usual, but I didn't know how bad.
Friday, February 3, 2012 was The Save Texas Schools conference and first off I was a bit disappointed at the lack of youth that was present, although we were blessed with the presence of a few students from UTA and two young boys, one from Fort Worth and one from Schertz, Tx. At the save our Texas schools conference they were examining the education crisis, budget cuts, and how schools reacted to these large amounts of cuts.
Northside ISD alone cut
- 22 gifted and talented teachers
- 20 math and science teachers *Northside is one of the more privileged school
- 40 special education teachers districts so you can only imagine how bad of an
- 17 administrators impact the other school districts are taking these
- 28 Coaches budget cuts.
- 86 elementary teachers
- 66 High school teachers
August 2011, Bexar County
Total loss Biennium: 237,095,083.00 *Texas has 5.4 Billion in budget cuts
Revenue Total Loss Biennium: 23,126,192 * Each district in Texas lost Revenue
-NISD Total Biennium
Revenue Total Loss Biennium: 86,333,186
Our Schools are suffering desperately, Teachers are being asked to do more with less, not to mention no teacher has received a pay raise in years and with the cost of living going up ever year is another burden to bare. Cramming children into classrooms and not funding the additional growth. In all reality we, as a state, are at risk of losing a generation. These budget cuts on education affect everyone, high school drop out rates are at an all time high and Texas is below the average rate of college completion.
These budget cuts on education funding are depriving, repressing and limiting the opportunity for our youth, for our future generations, for our future leaders!
And this is the first year all 31 senators are up for re-election, so I'm asking for those who can vote, VOTE PRO_EDUCATION!
Come join us March 24th, 2012 Austin, TX
MARCH: 11 am @ 12th and Trinity
Rally: Noon- 2pm@ TX State Capitol