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Teachers Plan Protest
$500 million was slashed from North Carolina's education budget this week. It puts state educators at the bottom of the pack in terms of pay. Local teachers are ready to take their concerns to the top.
On Monday, they'll join thousands of other people in a Moral Monday protest at the state capitol against those budget cuts.
James Cassara, a veteran teacher in the Asheville City School District calls the cuts outrageous. He is one of a dozen local teachers who will attend the Moral Monday protest. Cassara says if things stay like this, North Carolina won't attract the best and brightest teachers. He says classrooms will be overcrowded and kids won't get the best education.
"I love this profession. If a high schooler came to me right now...should i go into the teaching field? I'd have to think long and hard about it," said Cassara.
Cassara says local teachers also plan to protest at the local Moral Monday Protest in Asheville. There will also be an Moral Sunday Protest this weekend in Black Mountain.
By Emma Wright
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