Education supporters call for funds

Dozens of political leaders, superintendents, teachers and parents gathered Tuesday inside the Capitol waving signs and cheering as speakers marched one by one to the podium to plead for financial support for public education.

“Now is not the time to pit one education organization against another,” Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds said. “Now is the time we band together.”

The loud and lengthy rally took place just hours before the House voted against a resolution that would have sent lawmakers home at the end of this week and brought them back April 20 to pass a 2011 budget.

As it stands, House and Senate budget writers have until today to advance budget bills out of committee, and both chambers have until Friday to complete a spending plan