Sunday, March 13, 2011

They're protesting in Austin too!

From the Statesman:

Thousands of parents, teachers and other education advocates poured onto the Capitol grounds Saturday to rally against proposed state budget cuts that school districts say could force layoffs of thousands of teachers and other public education employees.

Demonstrators sprawled across the statehouse grounds, carrying signs scrawled with "Save Our Schools" and "Fund the Future."

Others carried umbrellas to underscore their desire that lawmakers tap into the state's rainy day fund to help balance the budget...

Organizers handed out stickers to attendees as a means of counting the crowd and said they ran out of the 11,000 stickers they had on hand...

Current state budget proposals would leave public education more than $9 billion short of the funding required under current law. Under the proposals, about 100,000 public school employees could be laid off, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

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2 comments:

  1. Yes indeed, 'we are the ones we've been waiting for'! Thanks for the visuals.

    SP, a favourite site of mine is currently sharing a 2008 video of the President that I feel sure you'd appreciate. In the video he once again reveals some of his philosophy that you have been highlighting.
    http://theobamadiary.com/2011/03/13/pep-talk/#respond

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  2. VC

    Thanks for the tip. I love The Obama Diary and that video was definitely cool to watch - hadn't seen it before.

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