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      Students, community fight for programs

      Another student spoke and told the board that educators at Albany Early College understands them and if the program is cut, that means the school board doesn't care. / Jessica Fairley

      In Monday's Dougherty County School System budget public hearing, students and community members spoke to the board, fighting to keep the Albany Early College open.

      Polly Cherry, a retiree from the school system, said it's important that youngsters get best education possible. She said cutting programs for students is a problem.

      One student enrolled in Albany Early College said it will be hard being in school with large population. The student told board members moving the program to Albany high wouldn't be the best decision.

      The teen explained that taking away the program will take away hope for students.

      Another student spoke and told the board that educators at Albany Early College understands them and if the program is cut, that means the school board doesn't care.

      The school board has to set the budget by July 1.
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