They came from classrooms, prisons and state agencies. A group of some 50 individuals intent on getting the attention of state lawmakers.
Dexter Expose, a MDOC correctional facility officer arrived late."I actually walked 7 miles to get here. We have not had a raise first of all since July of 2007. And it's long overdue the cost of living is going up and we all deserve a living wage."
Intent on pressing for additional funding, Brenda Scott with MACE says, "It's a matter of educating them. You need to put your constituents first. And a lot of people out there in Mississippi don't realize it."
The Mississippi Association of Educators says funding is in crisis.
"Teachers have received a pay raise this year. It's not enough. It's a step in the right direction. But it doesn't get us to where we need to be because in the southeast region nor does it help us be competitive with other industries," says MAE Executive director Frank Yates.
It's a perennial march into the capitol for the start of opening day.
This time the coalition is taking a new approach - going under the banner of the moral movement of Mississippi.
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