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Teacher´s Union Wants Tax Increase For Schools

Statewide representatives of California´s major teachers union are looking to raise taxes for public education, and they say the public would support the increases.

Leaders of the 330,000-member California Teachers Association said polling they conducted last month showed mounting public support for tax increases targeted exclusively for the classroom.

They voted in Los Angeles yesterday to explore an initiative campaign to push for such increases. Union president Wayne Johnson says the initiative would attempt to end the “feast or famine” environment. Public education got a boost of more than $1.8 billion two years ago, while it is facing a $2.7 billion cut this year.