SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson joined dozens of teachers to pressure California lawmakers into raising taxes to avoid deep spending cuts to education and other state programs. Torlakson says more budget cuts could lead to larger class sizes, more dropouts, a shorter school year and a less educated work force. He was joined Wednesday by two of California’s five teachers-of-the-year for 2011. They urged lawmakers to call a special election so voters could decide whether to renew a series of tax increases that are about to expire. The statewide week of demonstrations was organized by the California Teachers Association, the state’s largest teachers union. Several dozen activists were arrested Monday night for refusing to leave the Capitol.
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