Thousands Protest Texas School Budget Cuts

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AUSTIN (AP) – Thousands of teachers, students and parents flocked to the Texas Capitol on Saturday to protest a proposal to cut $10 billion in state education spending, which they say will force widespread teacher layoffs and ruin public schools.

The protesters formed a procession stretching seven blocks and marched through the state government campus to the south steps of the Capitol while local band students beat drums. It was one of the largest grassroots gatherings at the Capitol in recent years, although it fell far short of the 10,000 people organizers had hoped would show up. Department of Public Safety troopers estimated the crowd at less than 5,000.

Texas is facing a revenue shortfall that could reach $27 billion when counting population growth and higher costs. The hole was caused by the recession and a new business tax that has not raised as much money as projected. Independent experts have estimated as many as a third of Texas school teachers could lose their jobs if lawmakers adopt the budget Republicans put forward with the support of Gov. Rick Perry. The shortfall also will affect other aspects of state government, everything from building highways to maintaining the state parks.

Many of Saturday’s protesters focused their anger on Perry, who has rejected any proposal to raise state revenues and has tried to slow efforts to tap the $9.4 billion expected to be in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Marcus Jauregue, 24, a choir teacher from Irving, held up a massive report card giving the conservative Republican straight F’s and shouting: “Show your face Rick Perry.”

Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said in an e-mail that the governor had listened to taxpayers and “they want their government to be leaner and more efficient.”

“We will continue working with lawmakers throughout this session to identify ways to reduce spending while continuing to provide essential services to Texans,” she said.

Marla Camp, an Austin mother who was with her 6-year-old daughter, said she was offended by comments Perry made Wednesday, when he said layoffs were decided by local school boards, not state lawmakers, and suggested schools could do a better job of reducing administrative bloat.

“That’s like him saying ‘I put the bullet in the Ruger and I shot the coyote, but it was the bullet that killed the coyote, not me,”‘ she said, referring to Perry’s shooting of a coyote while running near his house last year. “It’s a complete lack of responsibility.”

photo3 Thousands Protest Texas School Budget Cuts

These students were among the thousands at the Texas State Capitol on March 12, 2011 to protest budget cuts being made to public schools. (credit: Joel Thomas/KTVT/KTXA)

The “Save Texas Schools” rally followed smaller protests at local school board meetings. Teachers and parents quickly traced the proposed cuts back to lawmakers trying to balance the state budget. Many of Saturday’s protesters carried umbrellas to signify the need to tap the Rainy Day Fund.

Protestors also asked Perry to sign paperwork that will allow schools to receive about $830 million set aside by Congress for Texas schools. The money has gotten caught up in political maneuvering with Washington, and Perry has refused to sign the application that he says has too many strings attached.

Kerry Parks, a special education teacher from Round Rock, said proposed funding cuts to his program that helps special needs children would reverse years of progress in integrating those students into regular classes. He too was upset by Perry’s comments.

“Every time he makes these comments, it makes us work harder,” he said.

Jesus Mejia, 16, a junior in El Paso’s Bowie High School, made the 12-hour drive from El Paso with about a dozen classmates and a teacher. He said education was too important not to participate.

More school rallies are scheduled at the Capitol next week, which is spring break for many schools in Texas.

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One Comment

  1. Suzy Hagar says:

    Rick Perry is so out of touch and held office so long he is replacing his cowboy hat with a crown. A simple man can only conceive simple solutions to complex problems. Too many strings to acquire $830 million. The only strings being pulled are hard working Texans who want to provide the best possible education system for young Texans.
    I am always amazed at such ridiculous statements such as “The lieutenant governor, the speaker and their colleagues are not going to hire or fire one teacher, as best as I can tell,” he said, when asked what he would say to those rallying in Austin. It’s time to boot Rick Perry. I know I am “Fedder Upper” with him. This state is not better off than it was ten years ago. The only sign Rick can turn now on the door is [Gone Somewhere].

    1. anonymous says:

      What about Irving ISD creating an associate superindentent and director position (six figures)—positions that have never existed in the district as they cut assistant principals and teachers.

  2. Suzy Hagar says:

    Rick Perry is so out of touch and held office so long he is replacing his cowboy hat with a crown. A simple man can only conceive simple solutions to complex problems. Too many strings to acquire $830 million. The only strings being pulled are hard working Texans who want to provide the best possible education system for young Texans.
    I am always amazed at ridiculous statements such as “The lieutenant governor, the speaker and their colleagues are not going to hire or fire one teacher, as best as I can tell,” he said, when asked what he would say to those rallying in Austin. It’s time to boot Rick Perry. I know I am “Fedder Upper” with him. This state is not better off than it was ten years ago. The only sign Rick can turn now on the door is [Gone Somewhere].

    1. Concerned says:

      What about Irving ISD creating an associate superindentent and director position (six figures)—positions that have never existed in the district as they cut assistant principals and teachers.

  3. Bert says:

    I would like to say that over the last 40 years we have been adding and adding money to the education coffers with little results. Texas ranks 44 out of 50 states for scholastic accomplishments. It is time to rethink the money being spent for minimal results in student levels of abillity. Cut the budgets and get back to basics in English.

    1. Patrick says:

      Fact check — Where did you get the data suggesting Texas ranks 44 out of 50 in “scholastic accomplishments”? In Texas, spending on elementary schools and high schools already is lean compared to many other states; the
      state ranked 43 in the nation in per-pupil expenditures in fiscal 2008, according to the latest figures by National Center for Education Statistics. If your ranking data is correct, you get what you pay for — pay 43rd, get 44th. So, following your advice, if we cut the budget further, it will be a race to the bottom. Texas should compete with the best, not drop off the map. Invest in Texas education!

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      Try to keep up, Bert. If there’s one thing the state of Texas isn’t guilty of, it’s throwing money at education. The state slashed education funding in 2006 by one third. Do you think that’s going to help the problem? Did you see the census? Texas is growing fast – funding levels from five years ago aren’t going to work.

  4. Kat says:

    I thought that was what the state lottery for for when it was legalized! What is the lottery money being spent on? Odd how they forget about that was the excuse to legalize gambling in this state!

  5. Suzy says:

    I guess these teachers will say they worked all day today since they were protesting in Austin. Dont forget the long drive also. Kids being forced into child labor being forced to hold signs and chant. Nice example to our kids. Quit and get a real job that requires 50 hours a week and maybe 2 weeks a year vacation.

    1. Jennifer says:

      Apparently you have no idea what a teacher does. A teacher arrives at 7:00 am and doesn’t leave until around 4:00. And still takes a stack of papers home to grade and lesson plans to write. Maybe you need to spend a week in a real teachers shoes dealing with crazy parents, testing expectations, and children with learning disabilities. Remember, that without teachers you wouldn’t be able to write this misinformed, rude, and degrading babble.

    2. Erika says:

      This post is so rediculous. You obviously are totally ignorant to how demanding the teaching profession is. This post would be laughable if it wasn’t so annoying. I’m married to a teacher and they work their tails off. Total hours worked certainly doesn’t reflect how HARD they work. People getting hot and bothered over teachers having summers off is so stupid, because they don’t get paid for the summers!! When you take the average teacher salary and divide it by the CONTRACTED hours, it’s pretty much your average college educated professional’s pay. And I don’t know any teacher that only works those contracted hours, those are just the hours they’re paid for, not the hours they actually work. And how did you learn to read, write, balance your checkbook and learn the skills you needed to have to get your ultra-harder than a teacher’s job?? Uh, TEACHERS. No one would get anywhere without teachers. I knew going into it that I would never get rich marrying a teacher, but man was I clueless about the level of unappreciation and disrespect people have for them. It’s so sad, considering all they give to our society. They are always the first ones blamed for low test scores and any student failure but the last to be recognized for any success.

    3. StopSlickRick says:

      Jealous much, Suzy? Teachers protested off-contracts as it’s spring break – but that’s not the point. Personally, I do have a private sector job in which I work 40+ hours for three weeks of vacation – and I went to Austin to protest with them. I brought my 3-year old and showed him what democracy looks like. That’s not child labor, Suzy – that’s called education. You should try it some time. Additionally, I’m a taxpayer and not a lazy one – I saw my funds being misappropriated/stolen and I did something about it. What did you do this weekend while I was in Austin fighting for our future, teaching my son about democracy, and ensuring our tax funds were used in a manner as required by the state constitution? Oh, you were posting anonymous hate messages on a news website. Sad.

      1. Roger says:

        Let’s see, Suzy, I get to work at 7am and typically leave around 5:30pm at which time there are still cars in the parking lot. I get 20 minutes for lunch and I am lucky if I get to go to the bathroom. If my math is right, that is over 50 hours. Throw in PTA meetings, programs, before school tutoring, after school tutoring, weekend events, etc. and it makes it even more obvious that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Child labor? That is downright laughable! Just wondering. In your line of work do you have to deal with angry parents, kids who come to school hungry, state testing that brings students to tears? Your comment assumed something that is VERY wrong. We were NOT protesting cut in salaries, we were protesting cuts that directly affect the quality of education for our children. Education isn’t perfect. After all, it seems it does produce misformed, ignorant people like yourself!

    4. Nichole says:

      Seriously, have you ever had a conversation with a teacher and discussed how much he/she works?! Teachers work on average between 9-12 hours a day….depending on the teacher and how much planning they have to do. Not only that but we take home papers to grade, work school carnivals, fundraisers, sporting events….and the list goes on. Before you get on here and demean a profession that obviously got you where you are today, think about the small details. If we cut teachers and funding for education we are giving our children even less an opportunity to succeed. I would image you dont have children though, or you would not have the audacity to post such a comment.

  6. Science Teacher says:

    I measured with a GPS the distance of the march, I counted 15-18 people abreast walking every 4-5 feet apart. I came up with 13,000 – 15,000 people at the rally. To the post above, Suzy, why don’t you try to teach for a week before you open your mouth to say something that you obviously know nothing about.

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      I was there Science Teacher – they provided one sticker to every protestor (kids were included). They ran out at 11,000 stickers. That seems like a fair estimate of the crowd – the march spanned seven blocks. The first marchers were at the Capitol while marchers still hadn’t left the origination point.

  7. Mary says:

    It is sad that people not involved in education can be so negative about educators.
    We spend long hours & our own money to purchase supplies to educate other people’s children…teachers often neglect their own families to teach a child to read, write, & do math. Many times have I spent Friday – Sunday grading papers. We get to work at least an hour early every day, stay any hour, two & sometimes more for a thankless job, except for the dedication to seeing a child succeed when that child more often than not does not have support or resources at home.
    Boo to people who jeer when they have never spent one moment in a classroom.
    Thank you, educators! I’m proud to be one if you.

    And, there were actually over 11,000 supporters at the rally. WooHoo!

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      Mary, these people aren’t like you. They’re sheeple – the Tea Party, Rush, Hannity, and Sarah told them to hate the government, so that’s what they do. They don’t have original thoughts and can’t think for themselves. They will never understand your dedication or calling. Never. I apologize to you on their behalf. There are some of us out here that get it. Frankly, 11,000 of us marched on Austin this weekend!

  8. Tom says:

    Why can’t people understand the following?
    1. There just isn’t enough money for the state to maintain the status quo.
    2. Many other state funded programs and service will also see cuts.
    3. Rick Perry doesn’t have the power to make anything happen to help.
    4. By law, the State of Texas must submit a balanced budget.
    5. The “Rainy Day Fund” is there for large scale disaster recovery. Not to fund schools or other regular programs. If it were, in fact, spent to fund schools, it wouldn’t be there to help if we suffered a disaster!
    6. We are out of money! We can’t print money, because we are a State.
    7. The reality is that some school employees must be cut and some of that number will be teachers. The Governor and the Legislature cannot make the decisions as to how each school district will handle this!
    8. Nobdy I know of wants this to happen but,

    1. Doohickie says:

      But… Rick Perry is a large scale disaster.

    2. Science Teacher says:

      Hey Tom,
      IT IS PERRY’S FAULT!!! The comptroller warned him about the tax cut back in 2005. There is no money because Perry cut taxes for the rich. Nobody was died paying their taxes back then…..why cant we go back to that tax rate and there would be plenty of money. WE SPEND MORE MONEY EVERY YEAR IN TEXAS BECAUSE MORE STUDENTS ENROLL EACH YEAR….ABOUT 80,000 PER YEAR. Do you think we should educate more kids with less money?

    3. StopSlickRick says:

      1. There isn’t enough money because Perry created a structural tax deficit in 2006. Google Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s letter to Perry in that year to understand this. THIS IS THE CATALYST OF THIS BUDGET MESS. It won’t go away and if it’s not fixed, one day it will impact a service that you actually care about.
      2. Yes, nursing homes, healthcare, education. That’s just the beginning. But, don’t worry, we’ll pay for sonograms before abortions and the technology slush fund Rick likes to pay off his pals with will remain.
      3. As a “leader” Perry has an obligation to see a problem (the funding mechanisms in this state are broken) and work with the legislature to fix it. If that is not fixed, we’ll have this problem every two years.
      4. Agreed.
      5. Actually, it’s not for a disaster. It was used in 2003 and 2005 to balance the budget. There is no definition to it other than it requires a majority vote to use it.
      6. Ever wonder why we’re out of money? It’s not the economy! Find out about the funding mechanisms of this state and how Slick Rick jacked with them five years ago. We’re out of money because it’s been misappropriated by the state. Require they re-design funding mechanisms before it’s too late.
      7. That’s ridiculous. The state plays a shell game with YOUR taxes and you blame the ISDs for being FORCED to RIF? Dude, that doesn’t even closely resemble logic.
      8. Not sure about that – there are the very ignorant among us that think it’s not the responsibility of the state to offer an education to its citizens.
      9. We’re out of money because they misappropriated it. If you’re okay with that as a tax payer, I guess you don’t care as much about your money as I do. I pay taxes for basic services such as education – those services aren’t being delivered when you slash one third of the education budget to provide a property tax cut during an election year. I expect more – sorry, I guess I have higher standards.

    4. Laura says:

      I agree. To many programs and not enough money. And nobody wants their taxes raised. We’ve got ourselves in a mess and now were going to have to pay for it oneway or another.

    5. distraught says:

      What about Irving ISD creating an associate superindentent and director position (six figures)—positions that have never existed in the district as they cut faculty who has direct interaction with students.


    Thousands Protest Texas School Budget Cuts

    1. Paul says:

      Using Caps Lock is very UNPROFESIONAL too. In fact, spelling unprofessional that way is pretty unprofessional too.

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      No, Marlene, this is about your tax funding that should go to educational services (which you might want to consider for yourself) being misappropriated. Education was essentially defunded in 2006. This is a tax issue. And, who are these people in the schools that don’t work? Give specifics. What are their good benefits – I know what an ISD health plan looks like. Do you? I work in the HR industry and know that their benefits are lower than average.

      Seriously, people. Start caring about education before we become a state filled with Marlenes. That day is coming unless you act.

  10. Mary says:

    Again, sad that people are so negative.
    We have jeerers who can’t spell & use punctuation trying to tell educators that they do nothing & get benefits.
    I would love to know what benefits teachers get. We pay exorbitant costs in order that our families have insurance, we set aside our own retirement in the form if TRS, there is no benefit that we get that doesn’t come out of our own pockets.
    The myth that teachers have summers off is just that – a myth.
    We work 10 hour days & bring home work, work weekends…all w/o extra pay. I get one check per month that must last the whole month. I pay for my own teaching supplies & the hundreds of books in my class, so my economically disadvantaged students will have a library. Every piece of furniture, bookshelf, storage items, resource & supply is paid for by me other than the student desks, chairs , & computer.
    No one ever has the right to chastise or condemn a teacher who has never walked in those shoes.
    My principal & I recently & literally gave the clothes off our backs, along with bedding to a student who came w/o clothes or blankets on an overnight field trip that was 5 hours from home. We teachers buy food for our student families who would otherwise go without. We have to hear that our students are sick because they had to take showers in ice cold water & they have no heat at home.
    No other job spends their own money on the people they serve. McDonalds workers dont run out to buy buns, meat & condiments out of their own pockets, so that they can serve you a meal & also contribute money when you dont have enough to pay for it.

    If you have the time to be so negative toward teachers, then you have the time to volunteer in a classroom, to be a mentor to a child who doesn’t have family support @ home, or to make a difference to better the education system you so frown upon.

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      Mary, they will never understand people like you. They are ignorant sheeple that were told to hate government by their leaders (Hannity, Rush, Beck, Palin). They don’t think for themselves. Please try to ignore them, while you try your best to teach THEIR kids. I apologize on their behalf since they don’t have the mental capacity to do so.

  11. StopSlickRick says:

    It’s important that EVERYONE understand this before it’s too late. This issue is not about the economy, home values, the recession, or ISD over-spending. It’s about a STRUCTURAL tax deficit – that means it will never go away. In 2006, the Perry tax plan provided a reduction in property taxes (i.e. shameless re-election ploy). That created this deficit. Think back, we had a surplus prior to this cut. Here’s what the comptroller predicted back then: “In 2007, your plan is $3.4 billion short; in 2008 it is $4.3 billion short; in 2009 it is $5.4 billion short; in 2010 it is $4.9 billion short; and in 2011 it is $5 billion short. These are conservative estimates.” (See 2006 letter to governor for full details at

    So, if you care about the fiscal health of this state – do two things (1) demand legislators fix the funding mess they created five years ago and (2) demand they use the rainy day fund to keep services functional while they clean up their mess.

    If you choose to ignore this and blame it on the recession, illegals, liberals, whatever, this state will be a third world country within a decade. You’ve been warned.

  12. Roger says:

    I don’t have any kids, and I never want any, but I own a house, and I pay property taxes…alot! Texas has no state tax, yet I help foot the bill for something like this school debacle, and it has no impact on m life. I’m just sayin.

    No state tax is great, unless you pay property taxes, and MOST Texans don’t. I don’t like paying taxes as must as the next guy, but I think it’s time to tax EVERYONE!

    BTW, someone mentioned above how our enrollment raises every year. Yeah more Americans are migrating here, but how many illegals are migrating here? I’m sure bordering Mexico has ALOT to do with our budget issues. It’s Trickle up poverty.

    1. Roger says:

      One more thing…I’m not a parent, and don’t wanna be, but if I was I’d guarandamntee you I WOULDN”T rely on public education to properly educate my child! I would ensure my child is prepared for college, whether it wanted to go or not. Raising a kid, It takes REAL HARD work, if you’re no up to it, get fixed! If you love your child, you’d do EVERYTHING to train it right academically and morally.

      If parents were more proactive in their child’s lives, the world would be a better place!

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      This is part of the funding re-design that must be required in this state. Yes, essentially those that rent apartments pay property taxes as the owner will include this amount in their rent total. However, is that equitable given the population density of an apartment complex versus a single family home? There must be a funding mechanism for education that is equitable and actually fully funds the service. It will be difficult to find this appropriate tax structure and lawmakers don’t want to deal with it. I think it’s time Texans demand they do their jobs and resolve this problem once and for all.

      And, I’d venture to guess that the very high property taxes in this state about nullify the benefit of no state income tax. That’s just a warm fuzzy that the politicians like to toss around.

      As for immigrants, I think the problem is bigger than that. If they all went home tomorrow, the funding deficit would remain. Do illegals contribute to the problem? Most likely, yes. Are they the cause – no. It’s much bigger than that. Besides, it’s a state constitutional requirement to educate ALL. I believe this has been upheld by the U.S. supreme court also. So, for now, reducing expenses through immigration reform appears to be a non-starter.

  13. Obesity Crisis is the Problem says:

    If you believe in education, contact your local legislators and let them know to support education. A big key to improving education is by improving the health of our youth – a healthy child with a high self esteem is the answer to the financial crisis in education. How in the world did Rick Perry win as governor when Texas has a huge budget crisis? Enough said – even staunch republicans don’t have the answer to how Rick has gotten us into such a hole…

    1. Roger says:

      I have no sympathy for the “obesity crisis”. There will always be overweight people, but if you’re taking up 2 chairs you obviously don’t care about yourself or the people you make uncomfortable around you. You’re responsible for your own choices.

      If you want your kid to be fit, educate yourself! Your child responds to you more than any outside source. Exercise with your child. Eat healthy with your child, instill this regimin EVERYDAY at the home. Don’t give your kid lunch money…pack their lunch.

      Like I said I don’t have any kids, but this doesn’t sound hard to me. It just takes A LOT of time and A LOT of follow through.

      Besides, I just don’t want the goverment to spend money, and tell me how I need to live my life.

      You know what’s good and bad for you. You shouldn’t need goverment to tell you.

      1. G.S. says:

        Re: Roger’s comments on obesity.

        Correct 100% there Roger. Maybe they need to cut out bus service and have kids walk to school to lose weight and end obesity the old fashioned way

        One group not discussed in all this is the taxpayer. It’s just teacher this and teacher that. Gov. Christie of New Jersey had it right when he said recently that teaching is the only profession where you aren’t rewarded for being good or punished for being bad. The iunion mindset on not allowing school districts
        to fire poorly performing teachers must change. Taxpayers won’t stand for business as usual when the US is 14 trillion dollars in debt.

  14. G.J. says:

    How about dialing back on the outrageous salaries of School Superintendents?
    I saw one of them that made more than a US Senator.
    300K a year is escessive pay.

  15. G.J. says:

    School Supts making 300K a year while whining about budget cuts?

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      If that bothers you, how do you feel about Perry’s monthly rent of $10,000. Wouldn’t that be a good source of funds, too. If we set him up in a nice townhome, we might be able to save a few teachers.

  16. Greg says:

    About a year and half ago one area school district spent a staggering 60 million dollars on a new football stadium in a smal town north of Dallas. Now they
    dont’ have money for teachers? Sorry, Charlie. The taxpayer is “tapped out”
    Replace elementary schools with computers ,that would save a boatload of money. Cut out the nonsense like Band, Drama Club etc.

    1. RussP says:

      You mean like the high school football field in Carrollton that’s good enough to be used as an NFL practice facility? My college field wasn’t that nice. It also wasn’t too many years ago they put in a half dozen tennis courts behind one of the high schools.

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      Greg, I believe you are speaking of Allen. Yes, I find that a little excessive for a football stadium, but I’m not a Texan and have been told I don’t “get it.” Yet, you have to realize that stadium was funded through a bond. Basically, the district said to voters, we want to build a $60M stadium, If you agree, we will raise your taxes by X. They put it out to vote and the taxpayers agreed. That’s what that community wanted for whatever reason. Bond funds can only be used for exactly what the voters agreed to. If this crisis showed up the next week, they wouldn’t be able to use the bond funds by law. So, if you want to blame someone – that one falls to the taxpayers.

  17. Greg says:

    I am tired of the mentality that teachers are somehow “entitled” or “guaranteed” to a job.
    Not when kmillins of others have lost jobs. They need to share the sacrifice.
    I hear a lot of complaining against Governor Perry from teachers. Well, guess what he has multiple issues to consider, not just teachers. when disucssing the so called rainy day fund. We may need that money for other things besides just teachers (roads and other functions of state government). What happens the next time a school dist. gets in a financial jam and there is no rainy day fund then? If the education system is so wonderful, then students should be better able to spell, add, read, and of course the important adult task of balancing a checkbook apparently is not taught either.
    This is also not the first time Dallas has been in a financial hole. A while back
    Dallas also had a 64 million dollar hole in tteir budget .It’s safe to say “educators”
    as a whole are not good at accounting.
    Yet, we do have two local school districts that have done an exemplary job of planning for the future Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Carrollton. Many of the others had poor business planning.

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      This isn’t about a bad economy that requires everyone to sacrifice. That’s what Perry would like you to believe, but it’s not true. Perry provided unfunded property tax cuts in 2006 that created the state budget crisis. His comptroller warned him of this (, his lt. governor warned him of this, but he wanted to be re-elected, so here we are. Red the comptroller’s letter – you’d swear she had a crystal ball. Your anger shouldn’t be directed at teachers or schools – they’re victims of a tax shell game in this, just like you and me. And, don’t think this budget crisis is limited to education. The roads you drive on will be impacted also. Road projects have already been cancelled for the next two decades. Be sure you blame the right people for this – here’s a hint, they’re in Austin right now hoping you don’t notice what they’ve done.

    2. StopSlickRick says:

      Also, Greg, HEB is going out to bond in May. Have they really done that great of a job? Remember, this is a structural tax deficit ( HEB can turn off the lights all they want, there’s no fighting that until funding mechanisms for the state are re-designed.

  18. G.S. says:

    What part of broke to teachers unions and superintendents not understand?

    1. StopSlickRick says:

      They understand it all too well GS. Their funding was slashed by one third in 2006. (That’s before the state was “broke” – at the time the state had a $8 billion surplus.) Don’t take it from me – read the comptroller’s letter to the governor in 2006.

  19. RussP says:

    Listening to KRLD this morning there was someone talking about the state needing to come up with more money for education. As they were talking, I realized there was no talk of the school districts coming up with more money for education and began to wonder how many people realize they are taxed at at least three different levels to pay for schools. There is the local district property tax payed directly to the schools, state sales taxes some of which go to schools and finally federal income tax some of which is also spent on local education. Doesn’t seem like a very smart or efficient way to pay for anything. It also seems that a lot of people forget that when saying a city, state or federal government needs to pay for anything, it’s you and me who provide that money through the taxes taken from what we earn.

  20. VictoriaandWiley Davis says:

    The following comment is TOTALLY WRONG. ” although it fell far short of the 10,000 people organizers had hoped would show up. Department of Public Safety troopers estimated the crowd at less than 5,000.” (credit: Joel Thomas/KTVT/KTXA). I was there, and there were 15,000 people at least. Save Texas Schools group counted 12.000, and there were still lots of people they could not get counted. It was HUGE! Much bigger than your 5,000 you report. Look at to get the true figures.

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