Huge Battle Over Texas K-12 Education

Jan 24, 2013

Different sides in the fight for the future of Texas schools are on display at the State Capitol.

Hundreds of teachers on Thursday urged lawmakers to roll back $5.4 billion in public education cuts imposed two years ago. But in another part of the building and around the same time, a coalition of foundations pushed for reforms without spending more money.

Members of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association fanned out for a lobbying full-court press, meeting with state senators and representatives for their home districts.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Dan Patrick appeared at an event with a new group of civic leaders and foundations who argue Texas needs sweeping reform but not necessarily added spending for schools.

Patrick is a Houston Republican and chairs the Senate Committee on Public Education.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.