Target: Texas Governor Rick Perry
Goal: Increase funding for Texas public schools.
Local school districts in Texas are rallying for an end to the widespread cuts to public school education funding. A massive $5.5 billion was cut just last year from the state budget. Repercussions of such cuts include teachers losing jobs, classrooms packed with even more students, and even some classes which are cut altogether. Funding cuts must end, and priority given to the education of Texas youth.
The Texas State Teachers Association, which leads the movement to restore funding, reports that more than 50,000 education jobs would be in jeopardy should Texas lawmakers continue with more cuts. Who will teach the next generation of children if there are no teachers to do so? How can remaining teachers teach effectively, or students learn effectively, in class sizes that dwarf the individual student? Students and teachers should not have to face the oppressive reality of these questions.
Countless research efforts show that the smaller the class, the more successful the learning experience becomes. State funding controlled by state legislators should reflect the desires and needs of the state citizens. And Texas citizens have made it overwhelmingly clear that public education must be given sufficient funding, therefore Texas state legislators have a clear obligation to honor this pressing need.
One district, the Brownsville Independent School District, lost $7 million last year, and will lose another $6 million this year. This dangerous trend is not a localized incident and, if urgent measures are not taken, may be an unstoppable pattern for years to come. Take action to demand that public education does become an annual budget afterthought. Sign this petition to stop budget cuts and increase funding for Texas public schools.
Dear Governor Perry,
Your administration claims education is a top priority and yet school districts across the state are facing millions in cuts year after year. As I am sure you are aware, $5.5 billion was cut from the state budget for education for school year 2012-2013. This is unacceptable.
I urge you to work with the Texas State Teachers Association to meet their request for increased funding, or at the very least, an end to the continuing cuts. Reduced public education funding means less teachers per school and more students per classroom. Your Texas youth face a mounting crisis in the classroom as a result of this, their education suffering dramatically in the meantime.
Economic times are difficult right now, this is true. However, cuts to education is not a solution, it is part of the problem. Demonstrate your dedication to making public education in Texas a priority by working with the State Assembly and the Texas State Teachers Association to increase funding and end all budget cuts.
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