Educators Protest State Budget Cuts During Greenville Rally

Dozens of teachers took to the Town Common in Greenville Friday to rally against budget cuts to education programs.

Teachers from as far away as Elizabeth City rallied Friday morning saying Governor Pat McCrory and the legislative leadership don't understand how the budget cuts are hurting students.

Protesters cited issues like larger class sizes, no textbooks for several years and running out of supplies.

Teachers say they are going to continue their rallies until the general assembly resumes work during the short session in May.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A battle to shape perception over whether North Carolina's public school spending is being cut or is just right is heating up with the traditional academic year less than a week away for school districts in mountain counties.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and other groups demonstrated Monday in Charlotte to protest what they see as lawmakers harming public education this year. Similar rallies are planned the rest of this week in Wilmington, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Asheville, and Greenville.

Their complaints include that this year's $21 billion state budget gives public schools $117 million less than what they would have had if lawmakers changed nothing and accounted for increased enrollment and inflation.

Republican lawmakers counter that they increased education spending by $360 million over last year.