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Public education focus of S Carolina Poor People's Rally

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Protesters with the Poor People's Campaign have returned to South Carolina's Statehouse demanding an increase in public education funding and teacher salaries.

Demonstrators gathered Monday inside the lobby of the Statehouse for the rally holding signs that read "End the school-to-prison pipeline" and "Pack em deep, teach em cheap, the SC way."

Following the protest, demonstrators marched several blocks from the capitol to South Carolina's Department of Education building.

They blocked a street only a few steps outside of the state agency, and nearly 20 people were arrested by Columbia Police.

Minister Amiri Hooker said public resources are not getting to the people that need it most and encouraged the crowd to vote during statewide primaries Tuesday.

The 40-day non-violent, direct action national campaign will conclude next week.

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