Thousands expected at Capitol to ‘Stand Up for Public Schools’

Stand Up for Public Schools rally (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
Stand Up for Public Schools rally (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas educators gathered at the Capitol Monday afternoon to make their voices heard by lawmakers.

Members of the Texas American Federation of Teachers arrived by morning with a rally around the message “We will not be silenced.”

Those rallying chose the first day of Spring Break to make sure legislators stand up for public education and show respect for teachers and school employees. In the past, the group has lobbied on issues such as community schools, funding for public education and affordable healthcare.

“Their ticket to success is a good public education, and it shouldn’t be left to chance,” said Louis Malfaro, president of the federation. “Parents shouldn’t have to shop for a good school. There should be a good public school in every neighborhood.”

TAFT is pushing lawmakers to fund community schools like Reagan High School and Webb Middle School, which bring wrap-around services to engage parents and help students succeed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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