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Students Skip School For Strip Protest

LAS VEGAS  — Hundreds of Clark County school students are taking their protest against budget cuts to the Las Vegas Strip.

Students have been using social media including Facebook and Twitter to organize their “Don’t Gamble with our Education” rally near Caesars Palace.  More than 450 people responded on Facebook that they would attend the event.

The goal is to draw attention to a funding crisis stemming from a budget shortfall of more than $400 million in the Las Vegas-area district. The cuts include slashing 1,800 positions and increasing class sizes. Students, many of who had the permission of their parents to protest, say their educational future is under attack.

Parents and some teachers also took part in the rally.

Teachers are expected to hold a rally Saturday at Cashman Field.

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