The Texas House has voted against a budget bill that slashes $4 billion from public education and is considered necessary to balance the budget. The Senate passed the bill several hours earlier yesterday before calling it quits. Plainview’s Republican Rep. Jim Landtroop said he voted against SB8 in order to protect small town teachers. Landtroop said in a statement, quote: “Education has to bear some of the spending cuts, but when we have a 1 to 1 ratio of teachers to non-educators employed in our Texas schools, the obvious place to begin cutting is outside the classroom.” Landtroop said that when a teacher is let go in a rural district, as opposed to an urban area, there are not many nearby districts where they can find employment.
Landtroop Says Vote Against Education Bill Protects Small-Town Teachers