Teachers protest proposed cuts to education

By SOMMER INGRAM Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — More than a thousand teachers are protesting at the state Capitol against more than $10 billion in proposed cuts to public education.

A high school marching band started the rally and protestors carried blue umbrellas to signify the need to spend the state's Rainy Day Fund. Lawmakers must find a way to close a $27 billion budget shortfall and a draft budget could lay-off 100,000 teachers. That's about a third of the state's public school teachers.

Monday's rally led by the American Federation of Teachers follows a similar march on the Capitol on Saturday. More than 5,000 parents, students and teachers called on lawmakers to tap the $9.4 billion Rainy Day fund and end a dispute over $883 million in federal stimulus funds.