T.S.T.A Responds To Latest Education Cuts
It's something that could change the way students learn. Yet another set of budget cuts for teachers has been implemented.
A school advocacy group says an estimated 32,000 school employees across Texas, including 12,000 teachers have lost their jobs due to $5.4 billion in education cuts.
We spoke to a member of the Texas State Teachers Association about how he feels about the cuts.
"We knew they were coming and that's going to get even worse next school year. The sad thing about this is you're hurting the children of Texas."
Rene De La Vina says the children are the ones who suffer because teacher layoffs and budget cuts force more kids into fewer classrooms.
"We used to have 20 students maximum in a class. Now we're talking about 40-50 in a classroom. How can students learn with so many kids in one room?"
Their solution is to ask governor Rick Perry for money from the rainy day fund which currently holds $7.3 billion. De La Vina says that lawmakers could draw $2.5 billion from the fund just for education next year. The Texas State Teachers Association doesn't understand why Perry won't fund the money needed for schools around the state.
"It's a fact that they put more money into prisons than in education and to me that's a slap in the face."
As far as just how many jobs including teachers, teacher's aides, bus drivers and custodians, are in jeopardy, the numbers are alarming.
"Education could cost Texas 50,000 educator jobs and as many as 60,000 private related sector jobs."
As for what's the next step, De La Vina says the T.S.T.A is planning a rally in Austin soon.