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Teachers march on Utah Capitol to demand funding increase

A group of teachers, parents and students march up State Street in Salt Lake City to the Utah State Capitol on Friday Feb 28. (Photo: carter Williams, KSL.com)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At least 1,000 teachers marched in downtown Salt Lake City to the state Capitol to demand lawmakers increase school funding. The demonstration on Friday was led by a teachers union and was one of the largest ever by teachers in the state. Many wore red T-shirts, carried handmade signs and chanted, “Our students deserve more” as they marched to the state Capitol. They are calling for a 6% increase in how much the state spends per student. Lawmakers are proposing a 4% increase, or about $136 million. Utah is last in the nation in per-student spending.