California schools now face a grim reality. James Groth of California Teachers Association says "we're down to bare bones budget at this time. Class sizes are increasing, programs are being eliminated." Public schools have already lost 20 billion dollars in the last three years. Now they stand to lose four billion more in state budget cuts ... prompting protests across the state. Groth says school districts would be forced to cut about $350 per student. The hold-up is finding a budget solution that doesn't take a toll on education. State lawmakers already closed half of the state's $27 billion budget gap. Now state democrats want to spare education cuts by extending tax increases to close the state's $15 billion budget gap. Republicans want different solution. Neither side will budge, increasing the chance of an all-cut budget. Groth says partisan politics possibly hurting education is frustrating because "students in Imperial County and across California are not democrats or republicans or independents. They are our future." Groth was one of three hundred protesters in Sacramento on monday, trying to convince lawmakers to spare education. He says "teachers told stories to legislatures and their staff: this is what's going on in my classroom, this is what's going on in my school district. It has to stop." Not all protests were so peaceful. About 65 demonstrators were arrested at the state capitol when they refused to leave the building. On teacher told reporters "We're doing this for the students!" Others across California are working behind the scenes. Teachers and parents are calling legislatures and raising public awareness of cuts coming to education. On Friday thousands of educators plan to rally across California, including two thousand in San Diego. Two bus loads of Imperial Valley educators plan to go, hoping to change the future of education for the better in California. Next week, Governor Jerry Brown releases his revised budget -- giving a clearer picture of how hard education will be hit.