Austin ISD Invites Texas School Districts to Stand Up for School Funding
05.04.2015 — Today Austin ISD announced that it, along with many other school districts and business leaders, will hold a press conference Wednesday, May 6, to send a unified message about the need for adequate funding for Texas public schools. All Texas districts are invited to participate.
A Call to Action: Funding for Public Education Press Conference
11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 6 (Please note that the time has changed.)
Texas State Capitol Auditorium, E1.004
From Austin ISD:
There are major differences between the proposed state budget bills in the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, particularly when it comes to funding public education. Currently, the proposed budget for public education in the House version is up to $3 billion; the Senate version provides $1.4 billion. The two versions are currently being considered in the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee.
As you are well aware, in 2011, more than $5 billion was slashed from public education. While the 2015 House version of the budget does not fully restore the cuts, it is important for schools and business leaders to send the message that we strongly support the $3 billion appropriation. A wise investment in education now is an investment in our Texas economy for the future.
We believe in our students, we believe in our staffs, we believe in public education, and we believe the Texas Legislature should do the right thing.
Encourage your superintendents, your school board trustees, and your local business leaders to participate. We need a broad group from across Texas to make an impact on Budget Conference Committee Leaders.
We hope to see you at the Capitol on Wednesday!
Confirmed school districts: Austin ISD, Houston ISD, Denton ISD, Northside ISD, Round Rock ISD, Elgin ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Del Valle ISD, and Manor ISD.
P.S. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Reyne Telles, Executive Director, AISD Department of Communications and Community Engagement at 512-414-9832.