Hundreds of teachers, farmers and union members have gathered outside the Dominican Republic's Congress to demand the government spend more on public education.
They want the government to allocate 4 percent of the Caribbean nation's gross domestic product to education as required by law. The 2012 proposed budget allocates a little less than 2.5 percent.
The protesters timed their gathering Wednesday for what had been expected to be the House of Representatives' debate on the budget. But legislator Abel Martinez says the budget is first being sent to a commission for review.
The Senate already approved the budget Oct. 5.