(Kolten Parker, Houston Chronicle)
Sarah Mussleman is a teacher who could not find a full-time job in the Houston area for two years after graduation. State budget cuts, she said, have squeezed public school teachers – especially those with extended educations – out of the market.
“Fire Rick Perry, not school teachers,” her sign read at a rally Saturday protesting school funding reductions. Hers is one of a choir of complaints made at the Capitol, where more than a thousand people organized in hopes of turning up the heat on lawmakers to increase funding.
The Save Texas Schools march and rally brought teachers, students and activists to Austin to raise awareness and mobilize voters in favor of candidates who support increased funding for public schools. Several state and congressional district races and one U.S. Senate seat will be decided in November.
The rally, which drew more than 12,000 last year, had a much more modest turnout this year. (Read more at The Houston Chronicle)
Slideshow: Save Our Schools Rally at Texas Capitol (Texas Tribune)
- Suspicious Test Scores Found in HISD, Others Nationwide (Houston Chronicle)
- ECG Reveals Student’s Deadly Secret (KRIV 26 News)
- Volunteers Repair and Renovate Damaged Homes (Houston Chronicle)
- Catholic Schools To TAPPS: Your Treatment Of Muslim & Jewish Schools Is Biased, Insensitive (Houston Press)
- Houstonians Hit the Pavement at ‘Run for the Rose’ (KTRK 13 News)
- More Than 40% of Nonprofits Plan to Add Workers This Year (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
OPINIONS ON THE NEWS:
Health Care Reform Goes Before the Supreme Court
- Only Certainty From Health Care Ruling is Change
- A Moment of Truth for Health Care Reform
(Lincoln Caplan & Philip M. Boffey, New York Times)
- Why Obamacare is Bad for America’s Health
(Rep Allen West, Washington Times)
- How the Roberts Court Could Save Obama’s Health-Care Reform
(Robert Barnes, Washington Post)