Rallying To Stop Education Cuts

School districts all across the state are scrambling year after year to meet growing needs. Now many fear they may have fewer dollars to do it.

The Pitt County School District says it would have to slash millions of dollars from its budget if the General Assembly doesn't make some changes to Governor Perdue's proposed 2010-2011 state budget.

Faced with less money, dozens of people rallied in Greenville Tuesday night to make sure lawmakers know Pitt County Schools can't handle those types of cuts.

Sheri Strickland is the President of North Carolina's Association of Educators that represents nearly 60,000 active, retired, and student members. Some of
those members gathered at J.H. Rose High School to speak out about the proposed state budget and what it could do to the Pitt County school system. School officials say a drop in funding might mean 60 fewer teacher and teacher assistant positions for the next school year.

Participants want to make sure state lawmakers know cutting school funding is not an option.

The NCAE plans to hold similar rallies across the state.

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