Education cuts continue to be a focal point as lawmakers gear up to debate next year’s budget later this month. Yesterday, education advocates delivered more than 5,000 signatures from parents and teachers to lawmakers. Education advocates say they want lawmakers to look beyond the numbers to the deeper impacts the cuts will have on kids. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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