Board members said the parents should be upset with the state of Texas and not them for the lack of funding.
Dallas school board trustees say state budget cuts are forcing them to close schools.
Because of that, trustees want to consolidate and move students from 11 schools to other nearby campuses.
Parents are largely against the plan and they packed Thursday night's school board meeting to plead with trustees to keep their schools open.
Board members said the parents should be upset with the state of Texas and not them.
"The reason we are here is because we did not get the money for education from the legislature. Let your legislators know we need money. The future, our future, is tied up with our kids."
There will be another meeting at James Madison High School on Monday. The board is scheduled to vote on the proposal next Thursday.