Every year our schools and teachers and children are asked by the state government to do more with less. But isn’t it time the Texas legislature and the governor properly funded our schools, and all of the activities that make for a complete educational experience? We think it is. That’s why we started Save Texas Football. But this isn’t just about sports. The multi-billion dollar budget cuts coming from the state capitol are forcing parents to pay for school bus transportation and even the opportunity for their child to play football. Or march in the band. Or play basketball. When the state cuts funding, schools have to find places to reduce spending. And sports are viewed as optional. They get cut.
We’re all tired of our schools being used for political purposes. Nobody wants higher taxes. But we all expect the state to provide a quality education for our kids. And the opportunity to explore their interests with sports and extra-curricular activities. But budget cuts in Austin have already cost our schools 10,000 teachers just as 83,000 new students were moving to Texas. And now lawmakers are talking about a voucher plan for private schools that would take another $2 billion from the public school budget. It will also reduce student population by 300,000 over two years. Fewer students means less money from the state. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Deeper cuts.
It’s already happening. Parents in some districts are raising money for classrooms. Or to hire teachers. One south Texas district has already eliminated all sports.
But we can fight back. Let’s send a message to the governor and our legislators and let them know we expect full, responsible funding for our public schools. And that includes the sports teams that provide other life lessons. Education doesn’t just come from books. It’s also taught by teamwork. And adversity.
So join our team at Save Texas Football. Go to our homepage and send an email to your state legislator and let them know you won’t settle for less than excellence for your children.