Texans rally for public education at Capitol

Thousands of people across the state are taking a stand for public education and hoping to make it a top priority. A rally was held at the Capitol on Saturday for that reason.

High school student Regan Lively received a $16,000 scholarship for her high GPA, but since she can't pass one section of the STAAR test, it might all be taken away.

"I have extreme dyslexia and I have extreme test anxiety. When I go into the room, I forget everything. I don't know what I'm doing and I look at the paper. I have oral admins, so someone is reading it to me. It's like I can hear the words but I can't comprehend what they're saying," says Lively.

State education requirements won't allow Lively to graduate without passing. She is asking legislators to re-evaluate the high stakes standardized testing and accountability system.

Thousands of Texans rallied at the Capitol on Saturday to make voices like Lively's heard.

Save Texas Schools is also advocating for public education to be a top priority, restore all school funding cuts made in 2011, revise school finance laws and to improve struggling schools.

"I hope that our legislators get a message that people are watching. That when elections come around, we will remember who is a friend to public education and who's not. That they do the right thing on any bill that comes through that would hurt our children," says Splendora ISD Director of Federal Programs Troy Reynolds.

Texas is ranked 49th in the nation in the amount it spends on each student.

Those that attended the rally say schools should be funded fully and fairly.

Lively says she believes there will soon be change.

"I don't think people should be judged by how they perform on a test. I don't believe in that. I think people are smart in their own way, and I feel like people can make a difference in life. If I've already been accepted into Oklahoma Christian University with a 16,000 scholarship, then I should be able to go without a doubt," says Lively.

Save Texas Schools currently has an online petition which will be sent to state officials involved in decision making. You can get more information about that by heading here.

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