DALLAS — A coalition of Texas public education advocates called on state lawmakers Tuesday to use the rainy day fund and billions of dollars of unanticipated tax revenues to restore $5.4 billion in school spending cuts in the current two-year state budget.

The state can find enough money to adequately fund public education in fiscal 2014-2015 by tapping the $8 billion rainy day fund and by using $4.5 billion of unexpected tax revenues announced by Comptroller Susan Combs in August, Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, said at a news conference at the State Capitol in Austin.

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