Teacher Unions send message to Texas lawmakers in Day of Action

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Thousands of people are rallying across the state, advocating for the needs of Texas Public Schools.

"We're giving a message to the lawmakers today that says: Take this federal aid and directly invest it in what the schools need to be whole," says Rob D'Amico, with Texas American Federation of Teachers (AFT). "And do not supplant it. This should be additional funding that is designed to help schools recover."

Teacher Unions typically rally for this Day of Action every year, usually with thousands of activists being bussed directly to the state Capitol to lobby lawmakers directly. But because the pandemic, that isn’t happening this year.

"It just wasn't possible to do it safely," D'Amico says. "So we're doing more virtual events, and things like car caravans."

Texas AFT is also holding a phone bank to contact educators and make sure they have access to COVID-19 vaccines.

D'Amico says this year's Day of Action is especially important.

"Schools are struggling during the pandemic," he says. "We need to make sure they have the funds that they need to invest in our kids."

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