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Education Rally At State Capitol

Posted: Updated: June 19, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
LANSING MICH. (WLNS) -

Hundreds of people rallied at the state capitol Wednesday all in the name of education, and teachers say, they've had enough.

"Never in my 17 years in Michigan have I seen the morale as low as it is right now among school teachers," said Rochelle Noel, teacher at the Livonia public school district.

"We are unhappy with the lack of funding in public schools," said Noel. "There are more than 50 districts in the red in Michigan."

The group called Save Michigan's Public Schools is a non-partisan, grassroots network of citizens, and they blame Snyder's Administration for the turn education has taken in the past few years. 

"Governor Snyder is trying to say that he has increased 632 dollars per student," Noel said. "We think that's grossly inflated. I know, I believe in my school district, we're getting an increase of about 5 dollars this year."

Teachers weren't the only ones drumming up support at the rally today.

this legislature are out of touch of what people want. The people want our kids to have the best education that they can in all 83 counties of the state of Michigan," said State Representative Gretchen Whitmer.

"A rally like this is going to show both sides of the aisle that these folks are pushing for good education policies, and that they're watching," said State Representative Andy Shor.

Their goal of the rally is connecting parents, students, educators and communities across Michigan and raising awareness of the threats to public education.

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