Officials Say Budget Cuts Are Unfair
The state plans to cut $4 billion from education funds within the next two years, forcing many school districts to make some tough decisions.
School districts will be forced to cut back in several areas. Officials say it's incredibly difficult because most of the school districts in the valley are funded at a lower level than the rest of the state.
Martin Pena is the Executive Director of the South Texas Association of Schools. He says the effects won't be immediate but says its sure to effect students in the long run, especially in the valley.
He says, "85-90% of our kids come from low income homes. They need a lot of help. They need tutoring, they need small classes to be able to catch up. We have all of these things that we try to help kids with. We're either going to have none of those or a lot less of those.
Many school districts across the state are takiing action. Within the next few months they plan to file at least two lawsuits against the state.
"The state is under funding public education, number one. Number two, the state has a very unfair system of distributing the funds to school districts," said Pena.
Pena believes the lawsuits will eventually bring change but admits they have a long road ahead of them.