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Thousands Protest in Austin TX

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posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 05:33 AM

Thousands of parents, teachers and other education advocates poured onto the Capitol grounds Saturday to rally against proposed state budget cuts that school districts say could force layoffs of thousands of teachers and other public education employees.

Organizers handed out stickers to attendees as a means of counting the crowd and said they ran out of the 11,000 stickers they had on hand. A law enforcement officer on duty said that number seemed high, estimating that between 8,000 and 9,000 demonstrators were present.

I saw this on my local news earlier. I really did not expect to see a large amount of protesters here in Texas because we dont really have a large union presence as Wisconsin for example.

My government teacher has been talking about this for the past month. The cuts have been talked about for awhile now here in the state but, other than this protest, I have not heard much else about it.

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