Chesterfield teachers demonstrating about budget

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA (WWBT)--Chesterfield County teachers are showing their disapproval of the county budget by demonstrating a "Work to a Contract" Movement.

Teachers are not coming in early or staying after hours--they're simply working their shift and going home. So far, many of the Manchester, Monacan, Meadowbrook and Cosby High School teachers are participating.

They get together in front of the school at around 7 a.m. and walk in as a group to essentially clock-in by 7:15 a.m. Then after school the group will walk out together at exactly 2:25 p.m.

Teachers we spoke with say spending extra time with their students is a pleasure, so this "work to a contract" is a major adjustment--but a necessary one. Cutting pay is leaving many teachers seeking out second jobs.

An after school bake sale yesterday for school funding was a symbolic way for teachers to cope with what's to come.

Hundreds of jobs and programs will be slashed next school year--and some education officials say it's the students who will really pay.

Cosby High School started the "Work to a Contract" Movement this week.

More than 50 teachers are already participating and plan to do so through at least spring break.

In regard to cuts--teachers will find out next month if they still have a job for next year.

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