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.
Mack Brown's attorney and the university's new athletics director say the Texas coach has not resigned, denying a report that Brown was ready to step down after 16 seasons with the Longhorns.
A large majority of the crowd that poured into Austin City Hall on Tuesday night was disappointed with the Parks and Recreation Department's decision to approve a smaller off leash area at Auditorium Shores.
The top prosecutor in Travis County found herself on the witness stand Tuesday to answer questions about her professional and personal history along with her history of alcohol.
A proposal to build a highway in south Austin is getting mixed reviews from neighbors.
An Austin man has been convicted in a human smuggling case in which a teen says she was forced to wear revealing clothes and sexually assaulted while bound for New Jersey.
An historic early December cold spell is slowly waning, but temperatures will remain well below average for a couple more days.