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Spanish schools hit by strike over austerity

Spanish schools hit by strike over austerity

Anger over the government's string of austerity measures has spread to Spain's education system as public secondary school teachers in Madrid go on strike to protest staff cuts.
The stoppage Tuesday in some 300 schools is to last at least two days and perhaps three.
The immediate trigger is an order from the regional government forcing teachers to give two extra hours of class per week, going from 18 to 20. Unions say that means several thousand backup teachers will not be hired this year and education quality will suffer.
Education in Spain is largely run by regional governments, many of which are debt-laden. The one in Madrid hopes to save (EURO)80 million ($110 million) with staffing cuts. Teachers elsewhere in Spain also plan protests.