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Education Advocates Rally Outside House Chamber

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A teacher joins a protest against possible cuts in funding for public schools. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A teacher joins a protest against possible cuts in funding for public schools. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN (AP) –  A loud group of parents, teachers and education advocates rallied outside the House chamber in the Texas Capitol to protest a state budget that will cut $4 billion from education.

The protest Saturday came on the heels of a budget agreement announced Friday that will likely result in massive state layoffs.

The House, made up of mostly fiscal conservatives, has been urged by Gov. Rick Perry not to use the state’s Rainy Day Fund. Teachers and parents are outraged that lawmakers would lay off educators instead of using more of the fund.

The message Saturday was intended to be loud and clear to members of both chambers: Texans will remember the lawmakers that voted to cripple public education and vote them out in November.

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

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