AUSTIN (KXAN) - Thousands of public school supporters, joined by politicians and activist Diane Ravitch, have gathered at the Texas state Capitol on Saturday under the banner "Save Texas Schools."
This is the second time the event has been scheduled. Speakers are urging the Texas legislature to restore the $5.4 billion in funding cut from the last budget. Already, the Senate Finance Committee has suggested another $1.5 billion could be added to the education budget, in addition to $2 billion for enrollment growth.
Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, called the cuts to education last session shameful and immoral.
"Texas can do better. Our students deserve better," Watson told the crowd. "Imagine how great Texas would be if students got a world-class education."
The pro-education rally was on the South steps of the Capitol. Immediately prior to the rally, pro-school choice supporters gathered on the north steps, urging more choices in education. About 50 people attended the rally.
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