Dear Friends of Save Texas Schools,
Sign up today for the STS Conference in Austin on Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21. We need everyone contacting legislators about funding, testing and a new area for STS, community schools. This conference will give you the information and tools you need to have an impact in these crucial next months. Great speakers at both the Friday night dinner and Saturday morning workshops. The event is free with a $12 suggested donation for the Friday dinner and the Saturday workshops. Click here to register.
With the 2015 legislative session underway, the impacts of state budget cuts are still being felt in many classrooms. Some districts gained badly needed financial help from the 2013 legislature, but not all were so lucky. State District Judge John Dietz struck down the Texas’ school finance system, declaring it unfair and inadequate, something our teachers, students, and parents are aware of every day. The state has appealed the ruling to the State Supreme Court, with a ruling not expected until late 2015, leaving us with one more session waiting for our legislature to do the right thing.
So where does that leave Save Texas Schools?
We plan to continue our message to legislators that Texas schools are underfunded and our students are overtested. With lots of talk ahead about privatizing public education through voucher programs, charter school expansion and other means, we’re also supporting an alternative that is working in Texas and across the nation called “Community Schools.” Click here to find out more.
Are we planning another huge Save Texas Schools rally?
Save Texas Schools has always been about mobilizing support for Texas public schools and influencing our legislators to do the right things for our kids, teachers and communities. We work closely with other education groups, and have seen important changes in laws affecting schools. This session, we need energy at the Capitol more than ever. So what’s the plan?
- Rather than one huge rally, we’re planning a statewide rally day with events in as many places as possible. The date is still being decided, but will likely be in March.
- We’re planning four separate “lobby days” on weekdays to bring folks in from around the state to talk with legislative staffs about our education agenda.
- Later in the session, as legislators begin to meet on Saturday, we’re going to do one or more “Rallies in the Capitol” as we’ve done in past sessions. These have been highly effective when key votes are approaching.
- We’ll be out around the state from late January to April holding STS meetings and conferences to mobilize folks to communicate with their legislators. Regional conferences and meetings are being planned for Austin, DFW, El Paso, Houston, Mc Allen, and San Antonio, with other locations possible.
Save Texas Schools has been very active talking with legislators over the past months, but now we need to help you ramp up and get involved. Stay tuned for details!
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Thanks for everything you do for Texas schools and kids!
Chair, Save Texas Schools