State educators looking to save school budgets

State educators looking to save school budgets
Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:55am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - School superintendents from across the state have a message for lawmakers in Austin: Make education a priority.

They're meeting in Austin Monday to urge the Legislature not to make public schools bear the burden of a massive state revenue shortfall.

More than half of the school districts in Texas - 529 - have signed onto a resolution asking legislators to make public education the highest priority when addressing the state budget.

Districts say proposed reductions in school spending, coupled with an already troubled school funding system, presents them with crippling choices such as teacher layoffs and school closures.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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