DALLAS - While most of their students slept in on the first day of spring break, dozens of Dallas ISD teachers gathered before dawn, ready for action.

They filled three charter buses in front of Alliance/AFT, the Dallas ISD teachers union offices in Oak Cliff, and headed for Austin with a message.

"Say no to vouchers. They are not good for public schools, they are not good for the kids," said Alliance/AFT president Rena Honea.

The teachers planned to meet with lawmakers, then join thousands of others for a noon rally against school vouchers on the steps of the state capitol.

School vouchers would allow parents to use public money to fund private education, and passions are high on both sides.

Earlier this year, thousands rallied in Austin in favor school choice. They believe vouchers could help level the playing field for kids who don't do well in public schools, but couldn't otherwise afford to attend a private school.

Opponents say it takes much-needed funding away from public schools, with little accountability.

"t's not really a choice that makes a lot of sense. It takes public dollars away from our public schools that are doing a tremendous job. We don't turn students away, we don't get rid of them, we open our doors and say, 'You're welcome here,'" said Honea.