Parents, Teachers Push Tax Hikes To Fund Public Schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parents are joining teachers in their week-long series of protests, demanding that state lawmakers make sure public schools are adequately funded.

Some parent groups are comparing spending on education and incarceration, which they say is the cost of underfunding public schools.

On Tuesday, parents of imprisoned youth will push lawmakers to extend recent tax hikes to avoid devastating education cuts. The parents, from Books Not Bars, say such funding is a smarter investment than locking up minors.

The California Teachers Association is organizing the demonstrations. They began Monday and will end Friday with rallies in major cities throughout the state.

The union wants lawmakers to renew a set of tax hikes that expire June 30, rather than wait for next school year to put a tax measure on the ballot.

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