Vote for Education

By Dana Rathbun

2011 has marked a historical change in funding for education in Texas. As it
was discovered that the state of Texas had a $27 billion dollar deficit to remedy,
legislators found a solution in shrinking spending on one of the most important
areas. Budget cuts for the education fund are significant because this is the first
time in over 60 years that spending per student is being decreased. In addition,
funding for student financial aid was also slashed, with combined reductions of over
5 billion total. These actions have deeply affected Texas students and teachers with
layoffs, over-crowded classrooms, and closure of many schools, and the outcry is
blaring. There are lawsuits pending against the state with growing plaintiffs. The
impressive rallies of thousands against these cuts in education funding as a means
to balance the budget send a message that Texans do not agree with the plans of
the legislature. However, these lawsuits can take years and while rallies make the
message heard, it should be more forceful. Texans need to make their voices heard
at the voting booths.

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