Angry educators protest budget at NC capitol

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina public school teachers took a beating from this year's General Assembly session. Now their labor organization is planning a protest to show their unhappiness.

North Carolina Association of Educators vice president Mark Jewell says busloads are coming to Raleigh on Monday to protest budget cuts to public education that are hurting classrooms and kids.

The $21 billion state spending plan for this year offers no raises for teachers, who are among the lowest-paid in the country.

The NCAE is most upset with the $20 million set aside over the next two years for grants to allow low-income public school students move to private schools. The group also is angered by the coming end of job security rights for veteran teachers.

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