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Teachers rally amid Rome City School District proposed budget cuts

The proposed 2019-2020 budget for The Rome City School District includes 115 staff positions being cut.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 11:10 PM

ROME -- The proposed 2019-2020 budget for The Rome City School District includes 115 staff positions being cut.

Superintendent Peter Blake says most of the current budget issues are due to a decrease in funding from the state.

State lawmakers are currently working on creating a new budget that could allow for additional funding for schools in the state. Blake says the school district won't know until next week whether or not they will receive any additional state funding.

Hundreds of teachers, staff, and parents are pushing for more state funding to support the school district.

At a rally on Thursday, teachers say they are aiming to raise awareness for the budget issues that the school district is facing.

The proposed 2019-2020 budget is $114,672,532 and includes a nearly 4 percent tax increase.

The school board has until April 23 to approve the budget.

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