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Duval County School Board Hears Boy Scout's Concerns Over Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Attending LaVilla School of the Arts in Jacksonville, 6th grader Elian Sandler fears the proposed budget cuts will change his education.

"The teachers are great, the education is great, and they'll help you on through the rest of your life," said Sandler.

He showed up to the Duval County Board Meeting with his Boy Scouts Troop to express his frustration at the process.

"They're making a big mistake," he said.

But school board members say the cuts they're facing leave them little choice.

"There's a lot of issues out there that we can't continue to fund. We try each year, and each year it gets worse and worse," said board member Tommy Hazouri.  

Currently looking at a hole of what they claim will be more than $75 million in the coming school year, Hazouri said none of the options to close the gap appeal to the board, or the community.

"We get it, the parents get it. The Governor and the legislature don't get it," he said.

But it's the legislature and the Governor that set the budget frame work for the school district.

"Mainly it's important to get people engaged. To understand what we're going through and that it's not just a Duval issue. This is statewide," said Board Chairman W.C. Gentry.

And at least one student says it's impact will be detrimental to Florida's future.

"There's not going to be NFL players, there's not going to be professional musicians, there's not going to be professional theatre people, there's not going to be artists because they're cutting the funding," said Sandler.














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