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Schools across Brighton and Hove took their battle

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on budget cuts public today, by unfurling banners claiming

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they'll have a devastating impact on education in the city.

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It's the latest in a series of high-profile Sussex campaigns

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calling for more cash for local schools.

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# Sending out an SOS, someone has to save our schools #.

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Is it another sting in the tail for the government

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We're horrified at the cuts that are going to happen

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We feel it's going to have a detrimental affect

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on my children and all the future children and therefore

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We do coding a lot, so that could lead to like, a coding future.

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But then if we didn't do that, then one job people wouldn't be

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I just think some of those things which are outside of the traditional

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national curriculum, like music, art and sports

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and computing are really important to the children and those

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are the first things, because of the natural

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Brighton parents chose the election run-up to launch

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This is huge, this is a massive issue for parents.

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We are not political, whatever party is in power

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after the general election, they are going to need to put more

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money into education to reduce these cuts.

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But funding issues, well they cross the political divide.

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Here's West Sussex Conservative MPs lobbying their own government.

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Last year, schools there delivered a petition to Number Ten.

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This year heads at every East Sussex School wrote to their MPs.

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And in Kent, well, one school decided to ask

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We can't make cuts anywhere apart from really staffing at the moment

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And as soon as we start to do that, we really start to undo

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the structures of the school, we start to make the school much

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weaker and obviously we start to make the children's

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The Department for Education says school funding is at its highest

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level on record at more than ?40 billion.

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The stats on the banner are from government data calculated

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Parents say this is a distress call for whoever gets

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Pupils are flouting school rules on mobile phones,

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using them openly in front of teachers and refusing to hand

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So says the Head of Walderslade Girls' near Chatham,

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who has written a hard hitting letter to parents about

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Louise McGowan also says more parents are not supportive,

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saying some have "actively fought on behalf of children

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against the school", making the job of staff "extremely difficult".

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Teachers are not out to get children, they're not their enemies.

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Sometimes I do feel they are being painted in a very poor light

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The jury in the trial of a teenager accused of killing his stepfather

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with a single punch at their home in Dartford, has retired

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Douglas Herridge is charged with the manslaughter

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of Colin Payne, a former national squash champion.

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He was 17 at the time and told the jury he'd been

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Detectives investigating the murder of a young man who'd been sleeping

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rough near Maidstone have arrested two teenagers.

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21-year-old Razvan Sirbu, from Romania, was found dead

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Two men, aged 18 and 19, both from the Maidstone area,

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Mr Sirbu's mother says he was "full of mercy and empathy

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and would always want to help others in need."

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A job-seeker from Kent says she's angry and upset after a company

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inviting her for interview inadvertently attached e-mail

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comments describing her as a "home-educated oddball"

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who was worth seeing "if only for a laugh".

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Anna Jacobs, from Horsmonden, has turned down the interview

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with Tecomak Environmental Services in Tonbridge, describing

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their approach as "unprofessional, smug and arrogant".

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She's spoken exclusively to our reporter Jon Hunt.

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So, this is the e-mail I received from the employer last night.

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Anna Jacobs from Horsmonden was excited to be invited

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for a job interview, but she wasn't prepared

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for the insulting language her prospective employer

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I scrolled down and this absolutely awful summary was attached.

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I thought, how dare somebody say that about my CV and myself.

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You must have been very hurt by that?

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I was, I was just absolutely furious.

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Below the formal invite to interview, the e-mail

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from Tecomak Environmental Services read...

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I just think, what employer attaches that to an interview invitation?

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You know, that's basically saying it's going to be

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a huge waste of time, but let's do it just

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for a laugh, let's make up the numbers, sort of thing.

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I believe I've got a lot to offer and if that's

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all I am to an employer, then please don't invite me

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to an interview because it's just wasting everyone's time.

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One employment lawyer thinks Miss Jacobs may have

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Those who apply for jobs are entitled to be treated with respect

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On the face of it, this e-mail does not show that anyone has been

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Has it been investigated yet because I was really quite

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Anna Jacobs has so far failed to get answers or an apology

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The Tonbridge-based company simply says it's investigating thoroughly

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and says the comments have been taken of context.

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Jon Hunt, in Horsmonden, for BBC South East Today.

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Ahead of next month's General Election, we're hosting

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a special Question Time style debate in St Leonards, near Hastings, on

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If you live or work in the South East, and you'd

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like to be in the audience, send an e-mail to SE Vote

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at bbc.co.UK with your name, address and daytime phone number,

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and you could be part of our election debate.

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That's it from me, the national weather forecast in a moment

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but first let's get the picture in the South East

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One or two scattered showers are lots of sunshine by the afternoon.

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On Saturday temperatures will be in the top teams and there will be a

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lot of sunshine around and there will be much-needed rain but mostly

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that will be Saturday over into Sunday. Towards the hours of

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tomorrow morning, outbreaks of rain. Overnight temperatures staying in

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double figures. As you start Saturday, initially cloud but by the

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afternoon it burns back, lots of sunshine and temperatures in the

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mid-to top teams, potentially 20 or 21 degrees. South-westerly winds

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making it cooler along the coast but even there, 14 or 15 degrees is your

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high. Saturday into Sunday, we see more cloud and eventually breaks

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A bit of a mixed bag earlier on today, some of us were cloudy with

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rain. This is the view from one of our weather watchers in Cornwall.

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But in the Highlands of Scotland, it was completely different, find,

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sunny and warm. The satellite and radar picture shows the variety of

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weather we have had. It brightened up into the afternoon, early

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evening. The north-east of Scotland and England

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