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School's out, but middle-school and high-school students are joining a National Summer Learning Day rally on the Capitol's north steps to call for more summer learning programs, especially in science, technology, engineering and math -- so-called STEM education.
Listed speakers include State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson (a news release notes that he used to be a science teacher) and Jonathan Raymond, superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District.
The list of legislator-participants is long, including Democratic Sens. Lou Correa, Mark De Saulnier, Kevin de León, Loni Hancock, Carol Liu and Michael Rubio, plus Republican Sen. Tom Berryhill.
Representing the Assembly side are Assembly Republican leader Connie Conway, Republican Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, and Democratic Assembly members Roger Dickinson, Holly Mitchell, Richard Pan and Nancy Skinner.
The rally starts at 10 a.m., followed by educational activities and a picnic on the north lawn. San Francisco-based comedy magician Robert Strong will also be on hand. Maybe he can pull the rest of the state budget out of a hat.
Meanwhile, State Treasurer Bill Lockyer will be talking to the Sacramento Press Club at noon about state finances and the budget.