The lobbying textbook looks like this: morning rally outside the Capitol - for the media, of course - then go inside and spread out to meet with as many lawmakers as possible. That's what several hundred principals, superintendents, union leaders and other education groups have been up to. Somer Harding and Colleen Robertson are principals at Ventura County elementary schools.
Robertson: "Obviously, we're willing to take cuts. We have taken a lot of cuts. But at some point, you just say, enough is enough."
State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson says if the governor's proposed tax extensions don't make the ballot, many districts could have to shorten their school years to balance their budgets - on top of tens of thousands of layoffs and increased class sizes.