POSTED: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 6:19pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:17am
Almost one ninth of the jobs at the El Paso Independent School District are at risk to be cut.
The state may be cutting up to $25 billion out of the budget, which could affect the classroom.
"The house bill on the budget is not good at all. It has too many cuts that are drastic that are going to affect education," Clarke said
However, State Representative Dee Margo thinks it's a little early to assume the worst.
EPISD Superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Garcia sent out a letter to staff saying the district would be required to make reductions two to three times that of the worst case scenario in their budget reduction plan.
If the budget goes through.
"I think it's a little premature to take some of those actions and I haven't spoken with Dr. Garcia. I did hear he put this letter out, but I haven't spoken with him," Margo said.
President of the El Paso Federation of Teachers and Support Personnel, Lucy Clarke, says the community needs to get involved to try and keep this budget from going through.
"That's where it takes our effort as voters to let the people in Austin know that this isn't acceptable," Clarke said.
Meanwhile, Representative Margo is adamant about staying positive.
"It's prudent to plan for the worst and hope for the best and if they had to make certain plans because of timing etc. I'd encourage them to do it. However, I certainly wouldn't go out and walk the plank," Margo said.
The budget won't be approved until the Texas Legislative session is over in May.
"Until the final votes are on the floor, no budget is finalized," Margo said.