AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT) says the surplus in money this session should be used for funding full-day pre-K and fulfilling retirement plans for employees, not cutting taxes.

In their second legislative lobby day, the message from educators was the same: In order to have give students a high-quality education they need to have the supplies and resources to do get the job done.

“Starting with tax cuts is a non-starter for us. It’s irresponsible,” said Louis Malfaro with the Texas AFT. “There are unmet needs in our public schools that require the legislature’s attention and we see plenty of room for us to move the ball in that area.”

More than 1,000 teachers attended Monday’s rally, including educators from as far away as El Paso.