In the spring of 2011, Texas lawmakers cut $5.4 billion for public education.
That summer, 12,000 teachers in Texas got pink slips. That fall, children went to school in more crowded classrooms. Qualified college students lost scholarship funds.
IDRA collaborated with Texas Latino Education Coalition members including the League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Mexican American School Board Members Association and Texas Center for Educational Policy to convene a series of school funding roundtables in San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Austin and El Paso.
Through IDRA’s school funding crowdmap, parents, educators and students reported how funding cuts were impacting their schools and communities. Here is what they wrote:
“El Recorte de fondos afecto por que mis hijos no pudieron recibir tutoria en el verano.” (English paraphrase: Funding cuts meant my children lost their summer tutor.) - Parent, Donna.
“My third grader's math specialist position was cut. He's now spread between three schools. Ours isn't one of them. We could really see a difference in how our daughter was improving when she was meeting with him.” - Parent, Helotes, Texas
“I care for and love my students. I have been deeply affected by budget cuts. I have not had enough money to purchase more playbooks and novels to make class sets so I could allow my children to take a book home to re-read or do homework.” – Teacher, San Antonio
“How many countless families have to make the decision between school supplies, uniforms, sports, fine arts and food on the table, rent, utilities and medicine. Shame on us for putting families in that impossible situation on a daily basis.” – Community leader, San Antonio
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