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Parents, Students And Teachers Head To Austin For School Rally

February 25, 2019 - 6:11 am

FRISCO (1080 KRLD) - Parents, teachers and students from across Texas will rally outside the State Capitol Monday, calling on lawmakers to increase school funding and provide more options to increase security.

About 2,000 people are expected to attend from across the state. They will hold a rally on the South Steps of the Capitol at 11:30. They plan to meet with state representatives and senators from 2-5 p.m.

"We're hoping our legislators will get the message that we are engaged about public education funding, that we want it to be fair and equitable," says the Frisco PTA's Melinda Samberson.

Frisco PTA is sending three buses with 70 students and 60 parents. Samberson says parents appreciate calls to limit property tax growth, but those limits are also affecting schools.

She says cities and counties are having to look at property tax increases because the state is providing smaller percentage of districts' funding. Abbott listed five emergency items for this year's legislature, which include increased school funding and raises for teachers.

"We're happy to hear that Governor Abbott declared that an emergency, so they really do make it a priority," Samberson says.

PTAs are also calling for stronger cyberbullying laws. In 2017, Texas passed a law that allows school districts to investigate cases of bullying that occur off school property. Districts were also required to set up a way for students and parents to report cyberbullying anonymously.

"David's Law" was passed in response to a student from San Antonio who committed suicide after investigators say he was cyberbullied, and that bullying continued even after he transferred schools.

Samberson says parents will ask lawmakers to strengthen existing laws.

"There's a way for kids to bully other kids throughout the day, the evening and even overnight," Samberson says. "We just need more reform in that area and to really hold the parents of those kids accountable." 

PTAs will also call for an increase in the minimum age to buy e-cigarettes.​

Online: Texas PTA Rally Day