Today, we had a coalition of school and community groups meet with legislators to share our message about school district budgets. We represented PTA, PSE, TEA, school board, principals, and Central office staff, ten in all. Legislators continually tell us we are the only school community that visits them with a common message from representing this many organizations.
Our message was focused on our concerns with budget cuts and the need for the legislature to prioritize basic education in these difficult economic times. We expect cuts, but have expressed our concerns with cuts that will go further than what we have experienced in the supplemental budget. Unfortunately, we learned today that Thursday's revenue forecast will again show a decrease of between $.5 and $2 billion. This is on top of the billions already cut and with a no tax commitment it will need to be made up with even deeper budget cuts. The message was that public schools will not be immune from these cuts. Just how deep they go may depend upon the message that individual legislators receive from their constituents. Our legislators need to hear from us as they struggle with the difficult decisions that they face.