It's a story you heard first right here on 8. The Texas State Teachers Association bringing awareness of the effects budget cuts are having on education and the economy. Today we learn those cuts are already affecting schools in Zapata County where we're told around 100 slots for substitutes have been cut..
Last week the TSTA visited our studios trying to invite Laredo to a rally for education saying that recent cutbacks are expected to lead to the loss of 100 thousand school jobs that would include teachers, bus drivers custodians and more. However, the effects are already apparent at Zapata ISD where a representative says the district is being more cautious on the use of substitutes. The TSTA spoke out on the matter. Louise Williams, of TSTA says, " What are they going to do? Zapata is a small town. How will they find jobs?This is affecting everyone." Zapata ISD says they'll use other campus assistants to assist in the classroom to reduce costs.
Now for those interested in rallying for education, TSTA wants you to join them in Austin on March 12. That rally is for all union rights and education as well. Then on April 2, they're calling that day "The Call for Action," where they'll be marching against school budget cuts from the Laredo Public Library to Blas Castaneda Park. Again you don't have to be a member of TSTA to join the cause, just anyone intereseted in fighting for the future of education for children. If you want to call the TSTA for further information you can reach them at 956-740-2101 or on facebook at laredo/united tsta.