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Aledo ISD school board trustee Bobby Rigues waves down cars during a rain storm today (Tuesday, June 29) in front of his State Farm office on FM 1187 in Aledo in an effort to collect signatures for the "Make Education A Priority" campaign.
Rigues - with complete support of the Aledo ISD board of trustees - started the grassroots effort to inform the public of the limitations Austin and its state legislators have put on school districts.
The “Make Education a Priority” catchphrase calls for tax payers in Aledo ISD and across the state to contact their local legislators and senators to help repair a funding system that was put in place in 2006.
Aledo ISD, which has earned a “superior” rating by independent auditors for the last eight years, is directly affected by the funding system that began with HB1.
The Aledo district has had to cut 15 teaching/staff positions and issued a five percent pay cut to teachers, staff and administrators.
Rigues began collecting signatures at 4 p.m. yesterday (Monday, June 28) and has yet to leave his post. He will continue to collect signatures through the evening and into tomorrow until he reaches his goal of 4,555 signatures on letters with one simple sentence: Make education a priority.”
The Aledo ISD board of trustees will respectfully hand deliver each signed letter to state legislators in Austin.
The number 4,555 represents the number of students attending Aledo ISD schools.