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Gov. Rick Perry

Tx Lawmakers: Up Taxes, Use the Rainy Day Fund, But Don't Cut Funding to Schools!

    1. M J
    2. Petition by

      M J

      Pflugerville, TX

At a time when local governments across Texas are already experiencing budget shortfalls, the proposed state budget includes deep cuts that will translate into huge losses for public schoools.  Recommended cuts total $3.1 billion dollars or approximately 9% of funding to public schools.

You may be asking yourself, have any new taxes been proposed?  The answer is no.  What about the Rainy Day Fund that has a balance of $8 billion dollars, can't they use that?  Yes, indeed - but Governor Perry won't let it be touched....apparently, it's not "raining" hard enough.

Property taxes are a major funding mechanism local governments use to fund schools.  Due to record home foreclosures, public schools all over Texas are already facing huge shortfalls.  And now lawmakers are going to make a bad sitation worse?!

If the proposed budget passes, 1,000's of good teachers will lose their jobs.  Elective classes will be cut.  Many clubs and extracurricular activities will no longer be available.  School Librarians will become a rare commodity.  The number of kids in classrooms will increase dramatically, affecting the quality of education our kids receive.  And what of these good teachers that lose their jobs?  These are our neighbors, our friends, that will be counted among the unemployed.  

Sign the petition and tell lawmakers that education is a priority for Texans.  Tell them not to "Mess with Texas" schools in their budgeting process and to restore education budgets to full funding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNhq2E50K8I

http://weareaustin.com/fulltext?nxd_id=123646

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/bisd-122941-cutting-thursday.html

http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/11070/undermining-texas-economic-future-to-cut-education-spending-now

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/rainy-day-fund/texplainer-what-is-texass-rainy-day-fund-for/  

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/business-leaders-sound-alarm-about-education-cuts/

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20101229-bill-white-employment-growth-and-higher-education.ece

http://www.ttara.org/files/document/file-4d5c3115ee900.pdf

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    1. M J
      by M J
      Petition Organizer

      Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) has filed HB 275 which authorizes approximately $4.27 Billion be taken out of the Texas "Rainy Day Fund" and deposited to the General Fund to to be used towards the state shortfall. There are few details other than these, but you can read it here:

      It's more important than ever to keep up the pressure to ensure Education funding is a priority!

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Natasha Gray VANCOUVER, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Schools are needed to have a decent future. Stop caring about yourself and start caring about who you're supposed to be taking care of!

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    • Monica Sharp AUSTIN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      We are standing in a thunderstorm. Tap into the "rainy day" fund and raise taxes. Cutting funding for education is for DUNCES!!

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    • M J PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      So many valuable contributions here and heartfelt words - thank you for writing and keep up the good work. We have 278 signers at this date and we need more!

      Here's to hoping that Texas leadership takes the time to hear us and reconsider school funding!

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    • Jason HIllman AUSTIN, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      A dollar spent on education returns 14 dollars over the life of the student. Cutting education spending now, while convenient is the most shortsighted action. Aristotle wrote that. "All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth". Since that time, societies that have ignored this have suffered defeats on all fronts. While generally, the old saying, "you get what you pay for" doesn't stand, it absolutely describes how quality education works. No education is free, and the best that we can offer comes at a premium. Texas has an econiomy that ranks 10th among nations, and we pay our teachers 31st among states. Texans are demanding that more money be put into the education, and those politicians that don't listen and act accordingly are subject to the political will of the people. A referendum on government spending is not a referendum on education spending. The sooner that politicians figure this out, the more likely it is that they will stay in office. The citizens of this country demand an informed electorate, and a world-class education is the only way to get there... The only answer therefore, is to spend our dime for future minds.

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    • Kimberly Gaona PFLUGERVILLE, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      Our Childrens Education should not be the area to make cuts. Our children are the future! What happend to looking towarsd the future? Why should they be short handed for poor decisions. If anything we need more teachers to offer our kids the best education possible. Teachers are the foundation everyones education. Has someone forgotten how they learned to read and write. TEACHERS! Someone took the time to teach them how to learn the basics and foundation of their education. Why do politicians get paid so well. why not cut their salaries. Why again are paying taxes and where exactly are the dollars going? PLAIN AND SIMPLE KEEP THE TEACHERS LEAVE THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION ALONE. Not all of us can afford private or even have the time for home schooling.

      Education should be a priority!

      Proud Mother of Four Children in PFLG ISD.

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