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Educators strategize for next legislative session

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Texas teachers say state budget cuts have slashed jobs and ballooned class sizes, and with another Legislative session next year, they are now preparing for another fight in the State Capitol.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators met this weekend in Downtown Austin to rally support and organize their efforts.

At the annual summit, teachers, school workers and counselors gathered to perfect their craft and develop professionally. This year, however, one topic overshadowed everything—more than $5 billion in state funding cuts.

"If they appreciated teachers, they wouldn't have made the cuts, the budget cuts,” APTE member Beatrice Lovett said. “They really don't appreciate the students they're trying to educate."

Going into the next legislative session, the Association of Texas Professional Educators is ready for a fight.

"We will let legislators know that our students need that funding and we are not going to be able to meet their needs if we don't have that funding," APTE member Deann Lee said.

The annual meeting of The Association of Texas Professional Educators wraps up on Monday. The group will also hear from some political candidates during their conference.

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