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School Board, PTA Want State Election

The Board of Education has joined a growing list of business leaders, news media and education groups — including the California PTA — asking the state Legislature to let voters decide whether public school funding should be cut by as much as $760 per student.

The local school board unanimously adopted a resolution this week supporting the placement of a measure on the June ballot calling for a five-year revenue extension to protect students and schools from the funding cuts.  The $760 figure from the nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst Office is the expected loss for schools statewide if legislators and voters do not take action to prevent yet another drastic cut to K-12 education.

This week’s school board resolution came one day after the state’s Education Coalition, including teachers, school support staff, parents and administrators, converged on the steps of the State Capitol to request the election.

“It’s time for the adults to step up,” said Jo Loss, president of the California State PTA.  “Our nearly one million PTA members throughout California are expecting decisive action by our elected representatives.  Let the voters decide!”

Supporters of a statewide election include the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, numerous editorial boards at major newspapers, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, whose more than 300 members include Google Inc. and Stanford University.