Gov. Perry greeted by protesters from Booker T. Washington

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Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 15 at 7:11 PM

DALLAS- Gov. Rick Perry was in Richardson on Tuesday to make an economic development announcement, but he heard from many who want the governor to put education at the top of his priority list.

Outside the Hyatt Regency North Dallas, students, parents and teachers from Booker T. Washington protested proposed school budget cuts.

The Dallas Independent School District Arts Magnet School wanted Perry to know where they stood on education.

"Since he’s in our own backyard promoting business, we wanted to make sure he saw us," said Patricia Arvanitis, Booker T. Washington PTO President. "We want him to promote education as well."

The protesters want politics to stop and education to be made a priority.

"We want him to access the rainy day fund, we want him to take all federal funds available, we want it to be a transparent budget and cut classrooms last," Arvanitis said.

The governor slipped past the crowd that surrounded the front of the hotel.

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