Education advocates headed to Austin to protest funding

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Updated: 3/22/2012 11:23 pm
Even though state legislators have scattered back in their home districts, those who take exception to how lawmakers treated public schools in the last session will be rallying at the capitol. The organizers of Save Texas Schools expect thousands of parents, teachers, educators, community leaders and a few politicians for the Saturday march and rally.

Last year more than 13,000 were on hand for a similar rally to protest what were then proposed budget cuts. Now that they are a reality totaling $5.4 billion, Allen Weeks, STS Chairmen, said it is time to hold legislators accountable.

Weeks said, "There is hope, and that is really our message to the crowd also. It's not just to say "no" but also to have hope. People that we elect should have a message other than "let's cut." They should have a message of what is best for kids."

The rally could be massive, if just the number of "riffed" public school teachers show up. Their ranks number is more than 12,000.

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