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Teachers rally for tax increases to benefit public schools

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Tracy Monroe, a teacher at Ilima Intermediate School, above, helped rev up the crowd of teachers and others in the state Capitol courtyard during Friday’s “The Schools Our Keiki Deserve” rally.

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More teachers held signs and waved at passing cars outside the building.

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Hundreds of teachers and their supporters lined the streets around the state Capitol on Friday rallying in support of a 10-part education omnibus bill now before the Legislature. The bill includes funding for air-conditioning classrooms and the discontinuation of high-stakes testing.