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Thousands rally on state capitol steps calling for lawmakers to fully fund education

Thousands of students, teachers and parents spend their Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, to rally for education. (Photo: KOMO News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Thousands of students, teachers and parents spend their Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia on Monday to rally for education.

They want the state legislature fully fund education, which is something the State Supreme Court has already demanded.

"Students that are not getting the opportunity to graduate. Students that are so far behind their peers and they know it. That's what we're talking about and it's dire and it needs to be fixed," said Duncan King, a senior at Garfield High School in Seattle.

Lawmakers have already said education funding is the top priority this session. But, democrats have said it'll need new taxes and republicans said it won't.


Andrea Gamboa, a teacher at Foster High School in Tukwila said lawmakers just need to make it happen, so her students can survive.

"Education for them quite possibly is going to be one of the only avenues out of poverty," said Gamboa, "So they can't give up. They have to grind, they have to work to make it happen."

The state patrol estimates about 6,500 people attended today's rally.


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