Due to Republican budget cuts to public education funding there are 11 schools in Dallas that will be closing, tens of thousands of teachers have already been laid off with more expected, and there has been a record number of waiver requests from ISD’s across the state asking to be allowed to exceed the state mandated classroom size limit of 22 students. While Texas public education funding was cut by $5.4 billion, it was recently announced that oil and gas tax revenue, which partially goes into the state’s savings account known as the Rainy Day Fund, has far exceeded what it was expected to generate.
Help us fight for public education!
Recently, Rep. Rafael Anchia (Dallas) recorded a message for Texas Democrats explaining what the budget cuts mean for students around the state. Take a moment to watch Rep. Anchia’s message then join the fight by sharing it with your friends and followers.
Use the map below to find the Republicans, who are nearest to you. Then contact them by phone, email or on Twitter.
Tell them you will be voting against them and telling all of your friends to vote against them unless funds are restored for public education.
The State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC) of the Texas Democratic Party, at their meeting Saturday, unanimously passed a resolution asking the Governor to call the Legislature into immediate special session in order to restore funding for public education.
TDP Spokesman Anthony Guttierez summed the situation up this way:
“Republicans chose corporate tax loopholes over the educational system that serves our state’s children. Texas Democrats offered numerous commonsense alternatives during the legislative session that would have kept schools funded and would not have raised taxes. This proposal is another commonsense action the Governor can take to fund our schools and put an end to the devastating consequences of the Republican budget cuts. We’re seeing neighborhood schools close, our children in increasingly over-crowded classrooms and teachers laid-off.”
Tell @GovernorPerry to call a special session to restore funding for public education.
Record your own video and upload it to YouTube as a response to Rep. Anchia’s video. For instructions on how to upload a response video, click here.
The one and only way to force Republicans to reverse course on these disastrous cuts is to make it crystal clear to them that their jobs are hanging in the balance.
Contribute $20.12 today to send a message that you’ll be voting against anyone who doesn’t support our educating our state’s children.