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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Senators are about to hear
from public school workers as lawmakers decide whether to back up
their nearly $20 billion budget by overriding Gov. Beverly Perdue’s
veto.

The North Carolina Association of Educators lobbies the Senate
on Wednesday to get more funding for public schools. The Senate is
expected to vote to overturn Perdue’s veto, which she said she used
to protect the state’s education network.

The House overrode Perdue’s veto early Wednesday.

Members of the Democrat-friendly education group have warned
that the Republican-written budget would lead to thousands of
schoolhouse layoffs statewide. The association has also urged
lawmakers to continue a one-cent sales tax.

The teachers’ group is collecting pennies and personal stories
to give lawmakers in hopes some can be swayed to increase school
spending.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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