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Students rally as Alabama Senate works on budget

© Governor Robert Bentley speaks to a crowd of students gathered at the State House for Higher Education Day. (WSFA 12 News) © Governor Robert Bentley speaks to a crowd of students gathered at the State House for Higher Education Day. (WSFA 12 News)

Hundreds of college students have rallied on the Alabama Statehouse steps while legislators inside work on the state education budget.     

The Higher Education Day rally on Thursday filled the plaza in front of the Statehouse and spilled over to the Capitol lawn across the street.

Students from across the state urged legislators to allocate more money to their universities and help keep tuition down. A junior from Jacksonville State University, Madison Rhoads, said tuition has gone up every year she's been in college.     

While the students gathered outside, the state Senate was inside the Statehouse working on the education budget.

About 26 percent of the $5.9 billion budget is allocated for higher education.

Students outside the Statehouse called for a bigger share and chanted "one-third."

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