Major rally for public education set for Wednesday

03/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
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More than a thousand people are expected to protest tomorrow at the state capitol to protest multimillion-dollar cuts to local school districts' budgets.

Over the past year and a half, the Hillsborough County school district has absorbed more than $82 million in cuts, according to Jeanne Clements, president of the Hillsborough County Teachers Association. She says at that same time, new schools have opened, more staff has been hired, and more students have been absorbed into the school district.

She spoke with WMNF today about the focus of the rally Wednesday morning in Tallahassee.

Tomorrow, a major rally will take place in Tallahassee, as advocates for public schoolchildren will protest recent budget cuts, and instead ask for a 1 cent sales tax for three years go exclusive to public schools in Florida.

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