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Educators and Students Rally Against School Cuts in Austin

(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)

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