Saturday, February 5, 2011

Supporting Public Education in Texas!

The Republicans have shown that they feel the business environment in TX will prosper if public education is given no better than second class status and financing.

The budget cuts they propose threaten our public schools, from pre-K to post Doc, and that is just wrong. If you don't think so, ask yourself: Would you have the job/career you've had without your education? Would you, or your parents, be able to afford private alternatives? Can you afford the tuition that is charged for TX's public universities (it has risen 90% since 2003) right now?

The time is right to use the Rainy Day Fund for the portion of the deficit caused by the economic downturn. In order to address the structural budget deficit there must be new and reworked state revenue streams, plus serious improvements in transparency, to pay for the essential services the state provides to Texans.