AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Several state senators want to take some of the stress out of budget cuts for teachers.

Thousands of teachers could be out of work, but school districts at this point don’t really have firm budget numbers. The problem is because of contract deadlines they are having to let teachers know that they might not be back now.

Senator Royce West of Dallas says they have a bill to stretch out the deadline for filing an appeal for teachers who have their contracts cancelled from 15 to 30 days.  “During that 30 day period hopefully school districts can get a better picture, if you will, of where the state will be going in terms of funding, and hopefully during that 30 day period there can be some reconsideration.”

That means some teachers who were on the chopping block might keep their jobs and not have to go through the appeal.