Group campaigning for quarter-cent sales tax increase for GCS

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The group Quarter Cent for Schools launched its campaign Thursday for a quarter-cent sales tax increase for Guilford County Schools.

Eighteen billboards and more than 500 yard signs will be placed throughout Guilford County over the next few weeks before the issue appears on the November 4th ballot.

The goal is to raise an extra $12 to $14 million a year to reduce classroom sizes, pay for textbooks and repair old buildings.

"The teachers are making do with what they have," said campaign chair Anita Bachmann. "But, we need for them to have more, have better."

Since 2008, the school district has lost close to $47 million in state funding.

If passed, the sales tax increase would go into effect on April 1, 2015.

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