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Parents, teachers lobby to keep schools open

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Dozens of parents and teachers are making one final push to keep four Brevard County Schools open before it's too late.
While school board members have already voted to close South Lake Elementary along with Clearlake Middle School, Gardendale Elementary and North Area Alternative Learning Center teachers and parents are making a last ditch effort to make them reconsider their decision.
"We definitely want them to re-address the school closure issue, we feel like the money is there, and it's important for our communities to have input into that conversation," said Gardendale parent Michelle Speisman.
South Lake Elementary school students marched before the rally chanting "save our schools," community members then packed into St. James AME Church in Titusville, holding a rally to spread their message that school closures will destroy their communities.
"I definitely need them to keep some of these schools open to give these kids a chance for their education," said parent Lajoice Jones.
Teachers union officials say it's not too late for school board members to reverse their decision to close schools which they decided in a 3-2 vote in February in an effort to save more than $2 million.  That's why parents and teachers say they're not giving up their fight.
"Children are our future, and we need to take care of our future, and education should be at the top of the list," said retired teacher Denise Gore.
At least one school board member was at Monday's rally, organizers are also asking parents to attend Tuesday night's school board meeting.

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