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Teachers Stage New Demonstrations at Capitol

Monday, Jun 6, 2011  |  Updated 9:39 AM CDT
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Teachers Fighting Cuts at Capitol

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Schoolteachers will again crowd the rotunda of the Texas Capitol.

They'll demonstrate again Monday to bring pressure on the Legislature to reject proposals to slash state funding obligations to school districts.

Groups of teachers who have protested at the Capitol all spring have become mostly resigned to the Republican-controlled Legislature passing the funding cuts in the special session. Now, they're aiming their ire on GOP legislative candidates in next year's elections, when they hope to punish lawmakers who pushed the cuts.

The Senate passed the cuts Friday, and the full Texas House is expected to take them up early this week. The bill is necessary to balance the state budget, but Democrats have fought the cuts while lawmakers have nearly $10 billion in state reserve funds available to them.

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