By: Francisco Diaz, The Laredo Sun
LAREDO, TX .- "They leave us no other alternative, the state wants all children get good grades in TAKS exams but do not want to grant the funds needed to prepare well," said Rene de la Viña, President of Laredo’s Texas State Teachers Association.
De la Viña recalled that a couple of years ago, a civil action was filed against the U.S. Department of Education.
"This federal agency required results under the program ‘No Child Left Behind’ but did not give us the resources we needed,” he said.
“The demand was very successful because many school districts across the nation joined together.”
This time around, communication with school districts and teachers’ groups in several cities, including San Antonio, have began preparing the case against the government of Texas.
"Instead of seeking solutions to reduce the funding cuts to schools, they decided to let school boards decide on lower salaries for teachers, which caused another problem, not a solution,” said de la Viña.
He mentioned that in Laredo 13,000 teachers work in public school districts in addition to educational professionals and if the Senate Bill 8 is approved, everyone will be at risk of a considerable reduction in salary.
"We are preparing legal action deemed appropriate to address this problem. We can not allow our children to suffer a poor education by the whims of politicians," he said.