Cleveland teachers protest proposed budget cuts

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Several hundred teachers turned out to protest $21 million in proposed cuts in the Cleveland city school system.

The district plans to make the cuts next year because of declining enrollment and promises not to lay off teachers. The educators packed an elementary school cafeteria for a school board meeting Tuesday night to make it known how the cuts will affect their classrooms.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports that teachers complained the district is making the reductions even after voters passed a tax in 2012 to prevent cuts.

District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said the tax revenue will not make up for the reduction in money from the state due to declining enrollment.

The cuts became public this week when the Cleveland Teachers Union called attention to them.

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