<h3>Step in Right Direction to Properly Fund Our Schools</h3></br>Contacts: Claudia Briggs at 916-296-4087 or Mike Myslinski, 650-552-5324
BURLINGAME – The following statement was released by California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel today in reaction to the Legislature’s rapid progress toward a state budget agreement that overhauls public education funding to help at-risk students:
“We are extremely encouraged by the historic state budget agreement in Sacramento to overhaul education funding for K-12 schools. Thanks to the hard work of educators and parents to pass Proposition 30, the new spending plan provides all schools with more resources, begins repaying schools the money they are owed from years of budget cuts, recognizes the need for smaller class sizes and helps meet the needs of school districts serving at-risk students. As school doors close for the year this month, new doors are opening with the new funding plan. Additional funding for our students of greatest need will help more dreams become realities.
“While it will take years for our schools to fully recover, this budget agreement is a big step in the right direction. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a state budget proposal with a significant increase in education funding. We call on all lawmakers to support this compromise on the governor’s Local Control Funding Formula as part of the final budget because the numbers add up to renewed opportunities for our schools. We are also encouraged by the $1.25 billion for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These new standards will dramatically impact teaching and learning and educators must have the resources they need to help students succeed. CTA is still reviewing school district accountability provisions, but this agreement holds the promise of a better future for our students.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.