Stop Education Budget Cuts in Texas
Dear Representative, Dear Senator,
The fear of the impact of the proposed budget cut for public education in the state moves me to write this petition. A shortage of support means aggressive educator layoffs, limited enrollment of new and continuing students and a long-term decrease in tax revenue. Texas ranks among the lowest on quality of education.
As your constituent, I urge you to vote AGAINST any bills that include cutting the budget for public educational institutions statewide. A cut of the education budget would weaken Texas' economy even more.
Please review the following facts extracted from the TACC Community College Day Handbook:
Community College – A Wise Investment:
- 735,000 students enrolled in Texas public Community Colleges during the fall of 2010 - compared to 560,000 at public Texas universities and 123,000 at Independent College and Universities.
- 70% of all first-time college students in Texas begin their college education at a community college. Community Colleges educate 52% of all Texans enrolled in postsecondary education Community College transfer students succeed at universities.
- Compared to students who enroll in universities their freshman year, community college students are more likely to graduate, and are more likely to graduate in less time.
- Community Colleges serve a broad cross section of Texans helping our state in Closing the Gaps to make college accessible to more Texans.
- Average earnings for someone with a 1-year certificate are $26,353 or 16% more than someone with just a high school diploma. Average earnings for someone with an associate degree are $30,974 or 36% more than someone with just a high school diploma.
- Texas taxpayers see a 6.9% rate of return on their investment in community colleges. Students earn 15.4% return on our investment with a payback period of 9.6 years. Students expanded earning and spending will contribute to an ever larger tax base for the remainder of their career.
- Community College Students are hard workers who are already working and stretching their dollars as far as they can.
- 72% of community college students work while attending college.
- 95% percent of community college students remain in the state, therefore keeping the return on the taxpayers investment in the state.
Community Colleges: The Future of Texas Today!
Please vote AGAINST bills that deny the youth of Texas access to education. Do it for me. Do it for Texas.