The Texans for Public Education hosted a rally at the Texas Capitol today. The rally drew more than 2,500 educators from all across the state. The purpose of the rally was to draw legislative attention to public education issues, including TRS-Care funding, on the eve of the Legislature’s special session.
The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) was well represented at the rally with Tim Lee, TRTA’s Executive Director, being a headline speaker. Lee gave a rousing speech to the crowd, and implored the attendees to remember this event when the Texas election cycle begins.
TRTA is asking Governor Greg Abbott to add TRS-Care to the list of issues to be discussed during special session. While the changes Texas made to TRS-Care during the regular session may have temporarily saved the program, many retired educators have been left without affordable insurance. Thus far, TRTA has tracked more than 8,700 emails sent to Gov. Abbott’s office in regards to this issue.
Today’s rally was just one of many being organized by educators. Last week, Lee spoke at an educator rally in Longview, Texas. On Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. there will be another educator rally in Austin, Texas. You can learn more here.
Rep. Lance Gooden to Host Facebook Live Event With Tim Lee Tomorrow, July 18, At 3 P.M.
Representative Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) has filed a bill, HB 151, proposing to add $1 billion to TRS-Care. He will be speaking about his bill and the state of TRS-Care with Tim Lee tomorrow on Facebook Live. The event will take place on Gooden’s Facebook page.
TRTA will be sending out a reminder email in the morning that will have the official link.
Gooden also sent Gov. Abbott a letter expressing his support for TRS-Care, which you can read here.
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