Protesters continue to voice opposition to education budget cuts

The $9 billion budget heading for the Governor's desk has plenty of critics, and they aren't going away quietly.

There were protests at the State Capitol Monday morning and in the evening as educators, students, and parents gathered to send a message to the Governor and legislature; "We don't like your budget cuts."

Over 20 people gathered Monday to change and protest cuts to education that they say will effect kindergartners all the way up to college students.

Protesters gathered at the Capitol though they know they can do little if anything to stop hundreds of millions of dollars cut from public education.

"Rich people take their kids to private school, while our kids have to suffer from all these cuts, we want to say to Ducey we're going to be here every day," said a protester.

Among the protesters, 14-year-old Mia Rubio, a freshman at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. It's the first day of Spring Break for her, but she said this is more important than relaxing.

"I already have 46 kids in some of my classes, what's going to happen now; it's just going to get worse," said Mia Rubio.

The sentiment is not much brighter at ASU's downtown campus. The budget cuts $99 million from state universities.

"I'm scared, I'm scared as a student... of course you're going to put thousands of students in trouble, simply for the fact the money's going to come from somewhere and it's going to come from us," said Matt Berner, an ASU student.

The Governor is in Utah attending a Governor's meeting, but we expect he will sign the budget into law when he returns.
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