Dozens Gather in Nixa for School Budget Increases and More Support for Public Education
NIXA, Mo. (KY3) – Dozens of people gathered Friday afternoon for a rally in Nixa in support of public education.
Organizers say the purpose of the rally is to let state lawmakers know the importance of increasing school budgets, raising salaries and making Missouri’s public education a top priority.
About 50 people, including teachers from Nixa and surrounding school districts, gathered at the Nixa Chamber of Commerce. Many teachers, active and retired, are hoping for action among Missouri lawmakers.
Teachers tell KY3 that there is some intention at the state level to privatize education and say they won’t let that happen.
“There are so many people behind me who really care about education and really care about these kids, from kindergarten through high school,” said Nixa teacher Fernando Sustaita. “Each of these kids depends on a loving person in front of the class.”
Other officials who attended the rally include Dr. David Hough, dean of MSU’s education department; Nixa Mayor Brian Steele; and education professor Dr. Emmett Sawyer. Some state lawmakers, like Missouri State Representative Betsy Fogle (D – District 135), have also planned to attend.
The organizers will use a Twitter page with the username @TeachPriority1 to communicate future events.
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