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Texas Senate approves budget that could have major funding impact on public education

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The Texas Senate has approved a state budget that is coming under fire by some teacher's groups. The proposed budget would cut nearly $2 billion in funding for education and use local property taxes to make up the difference.

Dr. Nancy Vera, President of the local American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union, says she can't help but take the state budget cuts on education, personal. Retired teacher, Dr. Vera is still heavily involved in supporting public education and says the nearly $2 billion shift from state funding, to local taxpayers is more burdensome, than beneficial. 

Dr. Vera said, "School districts who are barely making it now are now having to collect from local taxpayers and its going to be even more of a burden."

But it's not just the AFT union that disagrees with the Texas Senate.

Cesarea Germain, Director of Region 2 of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, said the Texas Senate budget will also make other important cuts, to textbooks and pre-kindergarten education.

Germain said, "Districts are having to be creative in how they cut their funding locally and it's really unfair to our students it's really unfair to our community and our taxpayers."

As for exact amounts on how much this could cost you as the local tax payer? Those numbers aren't available just yet. The Senate budget now goes on to the House for debate.

The Senate version of the State budget is already coming under fire in the House. House Speaker Joe Straus is accusing fellow Republicans in the Texas Senate of "cooking the books" when they put their budget plan together.

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