Dear Friends of Save Texas Schools,
Rally Day is Here!
Join thousands of fellow Texans at the State Capitol to tell our legislators that they cannot continue the practice of underfunding and over-testing our schools! We’ll gather at the Capitol from 10 am to Noon, with speakers, including students, teachers and parents, who will tell it like it is to our elected officials from both sides of the aisle. Click here for more rally information!
Directions and Parking:
Take the 12th St. exit in downtown Austin from I-35 to State Capitol. Buses can park on San Jacinto and other bus parking along State Capitol. Best car parking is in Capitol Visitors Parking Garage on 12 St. Also, St. David’s Episcopal Church Parking Garage nearby. Numerous public parking garages and street parking are within walking distance. Gather at the South Steps of the Capitol by 10 am.
Speakers and Performers:
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, Rep. Gary VanDeaver, Pastor Frederick Haynes, Supt. John Kuhn, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin ISD Board President Gina Hinojosa, Joseph Ramirez (Dreamer Student), Keenan Robinson (NFL Star and UT Alum), Connor Brantley (Student/Pres. of National Youth Association), Theresa Trevino (TAMSA), Noel Candelabra (TSTA), Gerard Jimenez, Principals Anabel Garza and Raul Sanchez, Zena Shaw (parent), Mycah Arellano (Teacher), Montserrat Gariby (Teacher), Kids Who Care (amazing youth performance team from Ft. Worth), Eastside Memorial Panther Band, Webb MS Dance Team.
What else is happening with Save Texas Schools?
Thanks to all those who attended our Dallas Luncheon and DFW-area rally in Ft. Worth!
Hearings on a number of education bills, from Pre-K to letter grades for schools and school districts, are underway, and Save Texas Schools is there to testify. If you’re available to testify as a parent, educator or community member, let us know. Working together a number of education partners, we have submitted bills in both the House and Senate to support the expansion of the “Community School” model in Texas. Look for news about HB 1891 and HB 1892. HB 1891, which would put Community Schools as a model into the Texas Education Code, and would provide it as an alternative pathway to schools facing reconstitution, was the “Bill of the Week” in the Austin Chronicle!
Update: SB 1483 (the Senate version of the Community Schools bill) was heard two weeks ago by the Senate Education Committee, and HB 1891 and HB 1891 were heard by the House Public Education Committee last Tuesday. These bills can make a huge difference in moving from more punitive approaches to struggling schools to bringing needed supports. Let you legislators know your support!
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Thanks for everything you do for Texas schools and kids!
Chair, Save Texas Schools