NC teachers hold rally to protest job cuts

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hundreds of people rallied in North Carolina's capital city to protest teacher job losses and to put pressure on lawmakers for more education funding.

The Fund Schools First event Saturday was organized by the North Carolina Association of Educators, North Carolina Parent-Teacher Association and other education groups.

The groups want to restore $225 million in discretionary cuts for local school districts in this year's state budget. They say most of the reductions resulted in thousands of job losses for teachers, teacher assistants and instructional support staff. Gov. Beverly Perdue and lawmakers are considering whether to expand those cuts for next year.

The educators association says up to 4,000 more jobs could be lost under the budget Perdue released last month.

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