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March 4th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Students protest education cuts

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="UCLA students and supporters protest as the UC Board of Regents votes to approve a 32 percent tuition hike next year on November 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California."]

(CNN) – Mass student protests last fall prompted by tuition hikes are expected to return to California on Thursday, and in other states as well.

Students and their supporters are planning teach-ins, walk-outs, and protests around the state in the face of growing tuition hikes, budget cuts and layoffs.

The main organizer's Web site is calling March 4th a "day of action." One entry reads:

"We call on all students, workers, teachers, parents, and their organizations and communities across the country to massively mobilize for a Strike and Day of Action in Defense of Public Education on March 4, 2010. Education cuts are attacks against all of us, particularly in working-class communities and communities of color."

Program Note: Thursday on CNN's "American Morning," our Casey Wian sees first-hand how one California first grade teacher is coping with shrinking budgets and increased class sizes in light of threatened lay-offs.

Sound off: What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with education cuts? Are the cuts affecting you? What alternatives do you suggest? Post your comments below.

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