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    ArrowNEWS FLASH: After a series of recent meetings, CTA, Service Employees International Union California, California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association have agreed to explore a new version of the “School Funding and Budget Stability Act,” which will temporarily extend the Prop 30 income tax increases on the wealthiest Californians. This new initiative will direct revenues into a special fund to support our local schools and colleges as well as address critical health care needs. CTA and the others are continuing to discuss the final aspects of this new initiative, outreach with other allied groups and do the research and due diligence necessary to ensure its passage.


    To protect California’s lean public school funding and keep the state budget balanced, CTA is endorsing a vital new ballot measure that would temporarily extend voter-approved Proposition 30’s income tax increases on the wealthiest income earners.

    The Alliance for a Better California coalition, of which CTA is a part, began the campaign for the School Funding and Budget Stability Act measure in September by submitting the ballot measure language to the state Attorney General’s Office. The CTA State Council of Education, comprised of nearly 800 democratically-elected educator delegates, officially backed the initiative during its quarterly meeting in October.

    Approved by voters in 2012 in part to halt catastrophic education cuts, Prop. 30 generates from $8 billion to $9 billion a year and has so far provided more than $24 billion for California’s classrooms. The Prop. 30 income tax rate increases for the wealthy expire in 2019, but would be extended for 12 years by the new ballot measure. The quarter-cent sales tax increase enacted by Prop. 30 would expire as planned at the end of 2016.

    California ranks 46th in per-pupil funding, according to an Education Week study released earlier this year that’s based on 2012 data. Studies vary, but the state consistently has among the largest class sizes, and the fewest counselors, librarians and nurses per student.

     What else would the School Funding and Budget Stability Act would do?

     Q&A on the School Funding and Budget Stability Act

     Key points on the School Funding and Budget Stability Act

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