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SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his proposed state budget Thursday including $10 billion in new funding for K-12 schools and community colleges. This includes $6 billion to eliminate all deferral payments to local school districts and colleges, as well $244 million for CSU and UC systems of higher education. Additionally, the governor committed to working with all parties to stabilize the teachers’ retirement system. CTA President Dean E. Vogel released the following statement:
“California teachers appreciate the governor’s continued commitment to public education and to repaying the billions of dollars that had been cut from students, schools and colleges. The governor’s proposed budget will help our public schools and colleges continue to heal after years of devastating cuts. As we heal our schools, we heal our communities. This budget will allow local school districts to continue to restore critical programs and provide the resources that educators need to help students learn. CTA continues to review the details of the governor’s budget plan, including the rainy day fund proposal and the impact it will have on school funding. We look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature on this state budget, as well as a plan to address the CalSTRS shortfall. Making sure educators have a secure retirement is critical to attracting and keeping quality educators in the profession. The state must ensure the retirement commitments made to our hard-working teachers.”
The governor’s budget plan was released on the same day that Education Week released its annual Quality Counts Report, which reflects the devastating cuts to public education. According to the report released today, California fell from 49th to 50th in per-student funding in the 2011-12 school year. According to the report, California spends $3,500 less per student than the national average and $11,000 less per child than the top-ranked state of Wyoming.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.