Schools in Amarillo and across the state are still struggling after the 2011 budget cut to public education, forcing many to look for new options to fill the gap left behind by the 5 billion dollar cut.
"The government will never supply all the money that we can use in public schools," said State Senator Kel Seliger, who was in Amarillo on Wednesday. "So grants to foundations and things like that are extremely important. And these provide very useful things and research for developmental programs in public education," he said.
The Senator was in town to address the funding issue with the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium. Although the state recently restored over 3 billion dollars to public education, this group feels like more needs to be done.
"We decided that we have a role in this space.We have a responsibility and an obligation to talk to legislators about what those cuts mean for schools," said Jennifer Esterline, the Project Consultant for Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium.
Esterline says funding from private foundations will not happen over night, but by educating the public, she hopes this system will be able to sustain itself.
Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10.