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Best Grassrootsiest Movement: Save Texas Schools

Best Grassrootsiest Movement: Save Texas Schools
PHOTO BY Jana Birchum

There's no way to sugarcoat it – this year's 82nd Legislature was not a great session for public institutions in general, and most especially not for public schools. But the bright light was the push-back coming from all over the state, catalyzed and organized by Austin-based Save Texas Schools. STS brought more than 12,000 concerned parents and teachers to the Capitol lawn to defend their public schools. While conservatives play the "nonpartisan" shell game and lobbyists plant Astroturf, Save Texas Schools is holding the public officials responsible and has persisted in ongoing organizing to spread the word – and people power – across Texas. When the political winds change, and they will, Save Texas Schools will be there to guide the sails.

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