GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM)  – Close to 700 parents and students from three neighboring North Texas school districts gathered in Grapevine Thursday night for an education rally.

Organizers from the Carroll, Grapevine-Colleyville, and Keller Independent School Districts said the intent of the event was to send state lawmakers the message that education needs to be a priority and to encourage parents to be advocates for public education.

“Essentially if we don’t stand up and fight for what’s best for them, we can’t expect the best outcome and impact on our children,” said D’Lee Marshall, a parent of three students in the Keller ISD.

Several parents took the stage to voice their concern about inadequate funding from the state and their desire for more local control.

The hour-and-a-half rally was a mix of speeches and performance by students. Olympic sports broadcaster Lewis Johnson, who is also a parent in the Grapevine ISD, emceed the event.

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