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Teachers Rally in Annapolis for Increase in Education Funding

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Teachers rallied in the Maryland State Capitol last night urging lawmakers to up their salaries

Dorchester Education President Katie Holbrook told WBOC called the rally a powerful movement that stands up for education.

She said that has spent hundreds of dollars of her own money on supplies for classroom.

And teachers got some encouragement from Eastern Shore Delegate Carl Anderton who told the television station that current state funding could help meet these demands.

Wicomico County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hanlin has asked for an extra $800-thousand in her next fiscal budget for things like universal pre-K and pay hikes for teachers.

But County Executive Bob Culver told the television station that it would be difficult for the county to meet the request.

The March for Our Schools follows rallies by public school educators in state capitals and cities throughout the last year.

Last week, leading Maryland Democrats outlined a 10-year blueprint to improve education. It includes more than $1 billion in funding in the state budget over the next two years to begin implementing recommendations from a state commission.

(Associated Press Contributed to Story)

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