San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to address Save Texas Schools rally on March 12

Submitted by Joe Ruiz on March 7, 2011 - 1:40pm

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is among those scheduled to speak on Saturday, March 12, on the steps of the Texas Capitol at the Save Texas Schools rally, according to a news release from Save Texas Schools.

The rally is being held to urge Texas legislators to dip into the state's so-called Rainy Day Fund of approximately $9.3 billion to offset the budget cuts being planned at many school districts across the state, including large and small in San Antonio. Some lawmakers have proposed cutting about $10.4 billion from the Texas Education Agency's budget, according to an article from The Texas Tribune republished on NOWCastSA.

Save Texas Schools is a volunteer coalition of people dedicated to maintaining education funding for public schools, according to its website.

About 10,000 people are expected to attend Saturday's rally, according to the news release. More than 2,800 people (as of Monday) have stated they would attend the rally on the Save Texas Schools event page on Facebook. The event is scheduled to begin Saturday with a march to the Texas Capitol at 11 a.m., and continue with a two-hour rally at the Capitol beginning at noon.

Save Texas Schools said other speakers are being confirmed but they include Bill Hammond, CEO of the Texas Association of Business and Dalton Sherman, a sixth grader from Dallas whose speeches on educations have been featured nationally.

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