Sen. Van de Putte calls Texas budget 'worst crisis I've seen'

SANANTONIO - Close to 200 people showed up Tuesday night at Roy Cisneros Elementary to voice their concerns to state lawmakers about the proposed state education budget cuts.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte told the crowd this is the worst crisis she s seen as a lawmaker.

Henrietta LaGrange of San Antonio said she is worried that her granddaughter s teacher will be one of the nearly 100,000 Texas teachers who could lose their job due to the cuts.

I'm afraid that it is going to be her teacher, and she is so good with [my granddaughter] she said.

LaGrange showed Van de Putte and State Representative Joaquin Castro a picture of her six-year-old granddaughter holding a sign that read Cut Education I Have No Future.

I just needed to make sure that there is a face behind the cuts in education, and that's my granddaughter, said LaGrange.

Other parents, teachers and residents in attendance expressed similar concerns.

While no one solution was agreed upon by all on Tuesday night, Van de Putte did said she is going to try and convince her fellow peers in Austin to consider using at least part of the state s rainy day fund to help offset the budget deficit.


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