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      Students, parents fight to keep education programs

      Students and parents are voicing concerns again to the school system. The Dougherty County school board held its first of two public hearings.

      / Cody Long


      Students and parents are voicing concerns again to the school system. The Dougherty County school board held its first of two public hearings.

      This is after the board passed a $120 million tentative budget last week. At last week's meeting, students and representatives from Albany Early College were there to urge board members to find funding to keep the program alive.

      They were back Tuesday afternoon fighting along with the Drop Back In Academy.

      "We're going to continue to state our piece and hold our position firm," said Levi Williams, regional director of the Drop Back In Academy. "We're confident that the decision makers here will understand the added value we bring to the district."

      Those fighting for funding say they will be back at the next public hearing set for June 16 at 6 p.m.

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