Educators, Students, Parents Testify Need for Continued School Funding


AUGUSTA - As the budget process continues in Augusta, school districts across the state  are facing drastic cuts in funding.  Leaving educators, parents, and students questioning whether the quality of learning will suffer.  That's why scores of Mainers gathered at the State House earlier today to share their concerns with lawmakers.  Our Erin Thomas reports.
More students per classroom- that's a change several schools around the state could see very soon...and it's urged over 100 students, parents, and school officials to testify, Monday, before the legislature's appropriations committee- in support of continued education funding.
Multi-million dollar budget cuts loom for some larger school districts.  And for teachers that would mean a reduction in workforce.  Fewer teachers also means fewer programs, impacting curriculum and the overall student experience.
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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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