AUSTIN, Texas -

Roughly 1,000 teachers and school personnel from across Texas gathered in Austin Monday to show their support for public schools after the state cut $5.4 billion in education funding in 2011.

"I think that the education of my children and the children of Texas is extremely important and it is something that is lacking right now," said high school teacher, Alexia Alexopoulos.

"Education is important and we're not getting what we need," said Kenneth Austin, an employee of North Forest ISD in Houston.

In February, a Travis County judge sided with more than 600 Texas school districts when he ruled that the way Texas funds schools is unconstitutional, in part because the state upped academic standards but also cut funding.

"Without an investment in our school children, we might as well give up on Texas' future," said Senator Wendy Davis, Fort Worth-D, during the rally.

After the event, many participants went on to meet with individual lawmakers to make sure their message was heard.

"I'm looking at the future of my own children and I recognize that if we don't do something, we're going to lose a lot more than what we're gaining right now," Alexopoulus said.0

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