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1/6/2010: New superintendent, PTA and others speak out for schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson declared a state of financial emergency in California's schools at a press conference in Sacramento this morning, and urged Californians to come to the aid of the state's schools.

"The $18 billion in cuts over the last three years are taking their toll," Torlakson said. "We have 174 districts teetering on the financial brink. If this isn't an emergency, I don't know what is."

Jo A.S. Loss, president of the California State PTA, and other leaders joined Torlakson to speak at the press conference at the California Department of Education.

"In a recent survey, the vast majority of local PTA leaders across California - 97.5 percent - rated adequate school funding as the very most important priority that we must fight for,"Loss said. "Parents are stepping up as never before to help their local schools. We need our state legislators and the Governor to step up, too."

Click here to read a press release issued by the California Department of Education.

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