Stand up for Texas schools at the TX Capitol on March 12
Save Texas Schools will hold a rally and march at the State Capitol on March 12, 2011. We are expecting thousands of parents, teachers, students, community members, business owners, and faith organizations to attend. And we need YOU there with us!
The proposed legislative cuts to public education funding are unacceptable. Texas – we deserve better. If you agree, stand with us at the capitol on March 12 to say YES to a strong public education system that supports our children, our communities and our future.
A list of speakers and entertainment is in the works for this historic, nonpartisan, family-friendly event. Updates will be posted here as they become available.
Our message will only be heard if we have strength in numbers. Join us to demand that our lawmakers put education first. The future of Texas depends on it!
DATE: Saturday, March 12, 2011
March: 11:00 a.m. starting from 12th & Trinity (1 block east of the Capitol grounds)
Rally: Noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol on the South Steps, Congress Ave. & 11th St.
Click here to Spread the Word about the March 12 event
March & Rally FAQs
What to Wear
Austin weather in early March is unpredictable so please be prepared. This means:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Layers that you can easily add or remove
- Light hat
- Please wear a school logo T-shirt, sweatshirt or hat if you have one!
What to Bring
- Small daypack with bottled water and/or snacks – especially important if you’re bringing kids!
- Cell phone to stay in communication with your group. If you will have children with you, please make sure they know your phone number and/or write your number on their wrists in ink.
- Small hand-held umbrella for sun or rain. We suggest writing “Use the Rainy Day Fund!” on your umbrella for added impact.
- Posterboard sign showing your school, town or school district name. The media will be out in force so do your school proud!
How to Get There
The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin at 11th & Congress. Due to anticipated heavy traffic, local residents are strongly encouraged to take public transit, bike, carpool, or have a friend drop your group off. No matter how you get there, please be sure to allow plenty of time for parking and walking!
BY CAR – WHERE TO PARK
From I-35, take the 15th Street exit (Exit 235A) and head west on 15th Street. Once you cross Red River Street, you will be in the area generally known as the Capitol Complex.
Parking is available for $7 on a first-come, first-served basis in the state parking garages located in the Capitol area (click here for a map, pdf). Please look for parking first in the garages and surface lots along San Jacinto and Trinity streets and then work your way west as needed.
In addition, there are many commercial parking options in downtown Austin. Prices vary by day or event, but are generally in the $7-$10 range. Your chances for parking will likely be best north of 7th Street.
Click here for a pdf map, or see list at http://www.downtownaustin.com/transportation/parking/lots/
Capitol Metro will run special MetroRail service on Saturday, March 12th. A day pass is $5.50 and parking is available at the Howard, Leander and Lakeline stops. Take the train to the MLK stop where you will find Cap Metro shuttle buses providing direct service to the Capitol (make sure you get the Capitol shuttle, not the Convention Center bus). Cap Metro will also have buses on call along the rail route, in the event that the trains are full. Please visit the below links for more information on using MetroRail.
BIKE: Suggested routes for safe biking are available at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/publicworks/bicycle-resources.htm
For your destination, type in 1100 N. Congress Avenue, Austin TX
For information on bus routes to the Capitol, please use the Capitol Metro trip planner (for your destination, type in 11th & Congress): http://www.capmetro.org/index.asp
Be aware that buses run less frequently on Saturday and will likely be crowded so please allow plenty of time for your trip.
Save Texas Schools – Fund Public Education Now!
Our Schools, Our Kids, Our Future
Texas students are tough, but they’ve never faced a crisis like this. In every school district across the Lone Star State, the same grim headlines repeat: campus closures, teacher layoffs, drastic cuts to core academic programs.
The culprit is a $27 billion state budget hole, which some say could have been avoided. But casting blame now doesn’t help. The challenge is to keep our schools open for all students.
There is help for Texas students if our leaders have the courage to use it.
Tell your elected officials to:
- Keep Texas smart – make education a top priority!
- Use the $9.3 Billion Texas “Rainy Day” Fund to support schools
- Sign the paperwork for $830 Million in federal aid for teachers
- Fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and to our growing student population.
These tools can save our schools. Call, write or email today!
Find your elected representatives here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
Contact Governor Rick Perry here: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact/
In hard times, we must invest in Texas students…our future depends on it!
Across the state, thousands of concerned citizens are taking the Save Texas Schools pledge and many have signed up to come to the rally on March 12. Contact us at info to connect with folks from your area, including supporters from the following school districts:
Alamo Heights ISD, Aldine ISD, Aledo ISD, Allen ISD, Angleton ISD, Aransas County ISD, Arlington ISD, Austin ISD, Avalon ISD, Azle ISD, Birdville ISD, Brewster ISD, Brock ISD, Burleson ISD, Carroll ISD, Carrolton ISD, Cedar Hill ISD, Clear Creek ISD, Cleburne ISD, Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD, Comal ISD, Conroe ISD, Coppell ISD, Corsicana ISD, Crosby ISD, Crowley ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD. Dallas ISD, Decatur ISD, Denton ISD, DeSoto ISD, Eanes ISD, Edinburg ICSD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Everman ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Galena Park ISD, Garland ISD, Gilmer ISD, Gladewater ISD, Goodrich ISD, Graford ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Gustine ISD, Hays CISD, Houston ISD, Howard ISD, Hudson ISD, Humble ISD, Huntsville ISD, Irving ISD, Judson ISD, Katy ISD, Keller ISD, Klein ISD, Lake Worth ISD, Leander ISD, Lewisville ISD, Little Cypress- Mauriceville CISD, Lorenzo ISD, Lufkin ISD, Madisonville CISD, Magnolia ISD, Mansfield ISD, Menard ISD, Mesquite ISD, Midway ISD, Nacogdoches ISD, Needville ISD, New Braunfels ISD, New Caney ISD, North East ISD, Northside ISD, Paducah ISD, Pasadena ISD, Pearland ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Plano ISD, Quinlan ISD, Randolph Field ISD, Round Rock ISD, San Antonio ISD, Schertz Cibolo ISD, South San Antonio ISD, Spring ISD, Tidehaven ISD, Tomball ISD, Tyler ISD, United ISD, Waelder ISD, Waller ISD, Weatherford ISD, Willis ISD, Wills Point ISD, Wimberly ISD.
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