Published: Apr 05, 2011 3:58 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 05, 2011 1:22 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Hundreds show up for a rally against $1.75 worth of budget cuts toward Florida's education system.

Teachers from all over Lee county showed to voice their displeasure on the cuts, which equal to about $700 less per student, and the new merit pay system signed by Governor Rick Scott.

Protestors flashed signs insisting to give Scott a 'pink slip' and exclaiming that the teachers 'didn't cause the recession'.

Ralliers say they want to be able to collectively bargain their working conditions between their unions and legislators.

As for the plan to balance the state budget by asking state employees to contribute their pension funds, Governor Scott says that alone will save $8.1 billion.