Protestors rally for education at Capitol

Protestors rally for education at Capitol

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A big education rally is set to take place this weekend at the state Capitol. Wednesday morning organizers held a pre-rally - rally in front of the south gates at 11th St. and Congress.

The group is expecting between 4,000 and 10,000 people at the event which is being done to urge lawmakers to restore $5-billion in the education budget.

"They're coming on the buses from Nacogdoches, from Victoria, from McAllen, from Midland and Lubbock, we have to have a good turnout of Austin educators to let these legislators know we do not accept as the new normal the budget cuts that have devastated funding for early childhood education for the student success initiative designed to help kids that are not meeting the academic standards the money is in the bank," said Louis Malfaro with the American Federation of Teachers.

To make their point the group held a symbolic fund raising bake sale with cupcakes priced at $500 million each.

"$500-million cupcakes, we'll I got some good news for you, you don't have to sell those anymore because we have the money," said Allen Weeks who is helping organize the rally.

The situation now is different from the crisis that triggered a large rally that Weeks took part in 2 years ago. This time Lawmakers have indicated they will give public schools more money in the new budget, but Weeks is not ready to declare victory.

"We think they're going to do the right thing, and we're going to be here Saturday making sure they do," said Weeks.

While the group wants more money for education, they also want lawmakers to reduce the number of achievement tests that students have to take. And they want lawmakers to reject a call to pass a school voucher plan.

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