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Parents, Educators Call on Lawmakers to Allow Budget Special Election

A coalition of parents, educators and their supporters gathered in San Francisco today to call on state representatives to let tax extensions--a key part of Gov. Jerry Brown's state budget proposal--go before voters so K-12 education cuts might be spared in this year's cycle.

The group, a grassroots organization called Educate our State!, delivered 30,000 letters this week to state lawmakers asking them to support the budget, which would close a $25 billion deficit with $12.5 billion in cuts and $12 billion in revenue generation.

The revenue is dependent upon voters deciding in June to extend various taxes and fees, but so far, Republican lawmakers have refused to let the issue go before the public. Brown needed an additional four votes, today's speakers said.

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