Tuesday, March 8, 2011

As far as I can tell TSTA is paying for buses to Austin. All Aboard !

An article appearing today in the exemplary Laredo Morning Times announces that the local TSTA chapter is lining up some charter buses for a Saturday Morning trip to Austin, Texas. The idea is to get as many Laredoans as possible to attend a rally in Austin to protest the state's anticipated budget cuts. The rally will also serve as a show of support for Texas teachers and education in general. Inadvertently, the LMT left out a very important piece of information. It does not say who is paying for chartering the buses. I am going to say that it appears to be TSTA. That would be the right thing to do.

From Tuesday's Laredo Morning Times
by Nick Georgiou 
The local chapter of the Texas State Teachers Association is trying to get as many buses as it can to take community members to an education support rally at the south steps of the state capital in Austin on Saturday. The rally is slated for noon until 2 p.m.

TSTA invites all community members to attend the event. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Buses will depart for Austin around 7:30 a.m. Saturday from the H-E-B Plus parking lot, near McPherson and Loop 20. Buses will return to Laredo the same day. If interested in attending or for more information, call Rene De La Vina, president of the local TSTA chapter, at 740-2101.
The LMT article also states that Mayor Salinas, Richard Raymond and Danny Valdez, among others are expected to speak at the rally.  I applaud them for supporting this cause. I justhope they ride along with the others going and don't charter a VIP bus for themselves and the TSTA leaders. That would defeat the entire concept of the purpose of a Union.

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