The public education systems across the United States are very complicated systems. The public school systems are tasked with educating students to ensure they are able to advance to higher education and be valuable members of society. While teachers and school officials have a very hard job in doing this, they often are not provided with the resources that are necessary to do the job right. This past week, hundreds of teachers in the State of Texas marched in protest of the current state’s education system (http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2017/07/19/texas-teachers-rally-to-support-public-education).
Outside of the capital building in Austin, TX, hundreds of teachers were wearing matching red shirts in protest of current and proposed laws that will impact the public education system. At the same time, there were a number of planes flying by holding banners that were also supporting the protest. The people that were in attendance included current teachers, retired educators, concerned parents, and even active students.
The protestors were concerned about a number of different issues that are being discussed at the state level today. These include standardized testing, the use of school vouchers, poor funding for schools, and even lack of teacher pay raises. The organization that led the rally was the Texans for Public Education, a non-profit organization that lobbies at the state capital in hopes of improving the state education system.
The founder of the organization, who was also present during the rally, stated that another concern was how much political affiliation was going to impact political votes. He believed that all members of the state governing body needed to hear the voices of the protestors before casting a vote on any major decision. It is expected that the state will have a new set of rules, laws, and budgets in the next few weeks that could impact the state system as a whole.