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State Budget

  • LATEST: On November 8, voters passed Proposition 55 - the Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act - which extends income tax rates on the wealthiest Californians and prevents severe cuts to public education.

    California's schools and students saw some relief with the passage of Proposition 30 in 2012, with much needed moneys flowing to the state's public school system. With Prop. 30 originally set to expire in 2018, Californians sought a solution to the looming $4 billion deficit and a $4 billion cut to education, and passed Prop. 55, which assures we don't go back to the days of thousands of teacher layoffs, cuts to art and music programs, overcrowded classrooms and increases in community college tuition.

     Read the press release, which also covers the passage of Prop. 58 - the LEARN initiative - and Prop. 52 - the Medi-Cal Funding and Accountability Act. 

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    Earlier this year:

    On June 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed the new state budget into law. The budget, which was passed by the California Legislature on June 15, went into effect on July 1. Upon review of the governor's Revised Budget released back in May, it became clear that if voters didn't extend the tax rates on the wealthiest Californians, our state could have seen the benefits from the earlier passage of Prop. 30 undone.

    Resources from the passing of the state budget:

     Read CTA President Eric C. Heins' statement
     View key education issues of state budget
     See CTA's budget highlights memo
     Get information on the measure that would extend income tax rates on the wealthiest in the state 
     New survey shows voters support tax extension on wealthy by overwhelming margin
     Budget Panel Hears CA Could Suffer $4B in Education Cuts without Income Tax Extension on Top 2% 

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    Additional background:

    Earlier this year, the governor proposed increasing funding for public education by more than $5.4 billion by 2016-17. Unveiled on Jan. 7, the governor’s 2016-17 budget would also boost per-student funding by $368, CTA fiscal analysts report. Much of the funding underwriting the new education spending proposals results from Proposition 30 revenues and other state income flowing from a recovering economy. The legislature reviewed the proposed plan and lawmakers will have until June 15 to send him a final spending bill that reacts to his revised proposal. 

     Educators Encouraged that Proposed Budget Continues to Help Schools Heal From Years of Cuts  
     Additional Details
     Review CTA's Budget Principles for 2016

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  • The Basics of California's School Finance System
    Every summer, the California legislature and the governor decide how much money and how many resources will go to kindergarten – grade 12 public education.
  • Proposition 98: What You Should Know

    Passed by California voters in 1988, Proposition 98 sets a minimum funding guarantee for public education. That amount can vary slightly from year to year but is usually around 40 - 41 percent.

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