The last pieces of the next two-year state budget is finally coming together, but funding it will still take some work. The budget conference committee should have the full budget deal approved by Thursday, setting up a weekend vote.
A group of students in a Navarro County town are sending a message to lawmakers in Austin, through music. They want the legislature to balance the state budget without cutting programs and teachers.
The budget-cutting axe may fall Tuesday night in Fort Worth. Hundreds of Fort Worth Independent School District teachers could lose their jobs following an evening school board meeting.
Fort Worth ISD is once again holding a special meeting to discuss potential budget cuts in the district as it faces a two-year deficit in the $80 Million range.
There’s been a compromise in Austin that may ease the financial strain for North Texas schools. It came as North Texas parents and students made the latest appeal, to use emergency funds, directly to the governor.
Thousands of teachers are protesting at the state Capitol against proposed cuts to public education and that group includes a caravan of DISD teachers, administrators and community leaders.
On Saturday, tens of thousands are expected to converge in Austin, to march and rally for public education. A group of Arlington parents will be among those headed to the state capitol.
What is expected to be another long, public fight over next year’s budget in the City of Dallas is about to get underway. Dallas is holding a public hearing on its’ budget shortfall.
A Texas Senate Committee is hearing debate on a bill that would allow school districts to cut teachers pay and use furlough days as ways to trim budgets. The bill has the support of DISD Superintendent Michal Hinojosa.
Fort Worth teachers considering retirement or resignation now have more motivation. FWISD Superintendent Melody Johnson will ask the school board to boost early notification incentive pay to $5,000.
Actress Eva Longoria lobbied lawmakers and spoke at a rally on behalf of the mentally disabled on Tuesday. She said if the Legislature passed proposed cuts in services it would bring “shame on Texas.”
Texas teachers are refusing to wait for lawmakers to fix school district money problems. Some, along with students and parents, are participating in a letter writing campaign to battle proposed budget cuts.