AUSTIN -- Hundreds of teachers were at the Capitol Monday asking lawmakers to restore $5.4 billion cut from education last session. It's the biggest issue for many this year.
The educators were part of Lobby Day for the Texas American Federation of Teachers.
Lawmakers have promised to fund enrollment growth this session, but have hesitated to go much beyond that.
The lawsuit over school finance is expected to go to the Texas Supreme Court next year. Many lawmakers want to wait until that's over.
People at the Capitol Monday want something done now.
"The message really is from all of these school employees and parents and students that have given up a day of their spring break to come talk about funding and that funding our schools is of critical importance," said Linda Bridges, president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers.
"Teachers need jobs. Last year we lost 25,000 teachers, and that's affecting us. In class size, we're seeing it, we're feeling it. The demands are going up, and it's hard, very hard," said teacher Veronica Lindsey.
Democrats are asking for more funds. Republicans are asking for more choice.
Friday was deadline to file bills, and many were education related.