Blogger’s Note–I’ll be on the road for a few days and unable to post at The Hurricane. I’d like to please leave all you good folks something to do while I am gone. Please read below for all the many steps you can take to oppose the sharp cuts to education and other vital state services that are being considered in our Texas legislature. Thanks for reading The daily Hurricane and for reading my posts.
How are drastic cuts in education funding going to help Texas children prosper in the global economy? Isn’t it hard enough for young adults to get a start in the changing world economy?
If you live in the Houston-area and Alief ISD area, there is a free bus you can take to the protest.
Here are facts about this bus—
What: Alief to Austin bus for Save Texas School rally at the Capitol
When: Saturday, March 12. 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Where: LeRoy Crump Stadium parking lot, 4214 Cook, Houston, TX (map)
RSVP: Natali. Lacasa@gmail.com
(Below–Buffalo High School is in Buffalo, Texas. Buffalo is in Leon County. Buffalo is “Where the mighty bison roam.”)
Here are details about others folks in Texas planning to help people get to the rally. There is another Houston-area location on this list.
Here is a history of education in Texas from the excellent Handbook of Texas Online. You always have the option to learn more.
(Below—Amarillo High School is in Amarillo. Amarillo I.S.D. says — “Our mission is to graduate every student prepared for success beyond high school.”)
Regardless of if you attend the rally or not, there are steps you can take to fight for Texas kids and for a better future for Texas. Please consider the list below as a model for all sorts of citizen-action that you ,and the people you know, have the ability to complete. Here is the Save Texas education Funding site that is the source of this list.
1. Write to your legislators by mail or fax using a letter template
2. Email your legislators using the same letter template
3. Call your legislators (this will only take you 5 minutes or less per call)
4. Contact the members of the Education and Appropriations Committees. If you mail a letter to the Committee Chairman, you can include a sticky note asking the Aide to distribute a copy of your letter to all members of the Committee.
5. Meet with your legislators
7. Attend the “Save Texas Schools Rally” in Austin on March 12th: Twain parent Bea Davies is coordinating t-shirts (for kids and adults), carpools and caravans from Twain and a Sign-Making party for the kids. Contact Bea at email@example.com
8. Attend the Legislative Day in Austin on Monday, March 14th (free bus transportation, lunch and training will be provided, but no children permitted to attend): http://www.texasedfunding.com/home/activities/legislative-meeting-day(Emailsusan.firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP by March 1st)
9. Join an Email Distribution List for updates by emailing TexasEdFunding@gmail.com. Join the Facebook group: Texans for Public Education Funding
10. Ask your children to write letters to Governor Perry and Legislators
And Finally: Email everyone you know (even outside Texas) to inform them of the issues and ask for them to take the above actions as well. Spread the word to Save Texas Schools!
We all have the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes you value, and even run for office yourself. It is up to you to do the work of freedom and to make progress for the future in our state of Texas.