POSTED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 4:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 9:36am
AUSTIN— Thousands of people marched on the state capitol Monday, as they protested the proposed cuts to school funding.
Teachers, parents, and students marched in protest to a budget plan by state lawmakers that includes nearly $9 million in cuts to Texas schools statewide. The cuts are forcing many districts to lay-off employees or shut down school campuses.
Some of the protestors carried umbrellas to show their support to tap into the state's “rainy day fund” to help schools.
Monday was The Lobby Day and Rally and is held every other year by the American Federation of Teachers, a teacher's union that represents 65,000 teachers statewide.
On March 10, Governor Rick Perry blamed government spending and legislation as causes that bankrupt states, causing Texas districts to consider laying off teachers statewide.
An estimated 100,000 teachers could be fired statewide.
The state provides 37 percent of funding for public schools, with the rest of the funding coming from local property taxes.
Perry suggested for school districts to look into the growth in their administration to trim their budgets.
“Over the course of the last decade, we have seen an extraordinary amount of non-class room employees added to school roles,” said Gov. Perry. “So, are the administrators in the school boards going to make an effort to reduce those? Or are they going to make a decision to reduce the number of teachers in the classroom? I certainly know what I would want. I think the non-teaching group would be the first place that I would look if there were reductions to be made."