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Monday, March 14, 2011   

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Thousands of school employees and their supporters from across the state are converging on the State Capitol today, hoping to convince lawmakers that growing numbers of Texans will not accept looming cuts to public education.

Shelley Potter, president of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel (American Federation of Teachers), is one of those making the case.

"The more people see what's happening in Austin and are paying attention, the more outraged they get."

Potter warns that if the Legislature passes its draft budget - which emphasizes spending cuts over new revenues - San Antonio schools would lose close to 12 percent of the total funds they need to maintain services.

Potter disputes Gov. Rick Perry's claim that school districts can withstand the shortfall by cutting more non-essential, non-campus spending. That has already been done, she says.

"There's no way to make the kind of cuts that school districts are having to make without cutting into classroom personnel."

Potter believes increasing public awareness of the planned cuts to education is one of the reasons legislators from both parties have recently been considering tapping into the state's $9.4 billion dollar "rainy day fund" - something Perry has repeatedly opposed.

Rally/Lobby Day begins at noon today at the Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress. More information is available at http://tx.aft.org.


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