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State Budget

  • On June 20, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2014-15 State Budget that will boost per-student spending. The spending plan and its implementation language will take important steps to protect educators' secure the California State Teachers' Retirement System by putting into effect a 32-year plan to cover its unfunded liability.

    Also of major importance, the budget will channel more dollars to the classroom by capping the amounts districts are able to hold back in budget reserves when the state's own education rainy day fund – the Proposition 98 reserve – provisions are triggered.

    "Our students and our schools will benefit greatly from the new spending plan," said CTA President Dean Vogel. "It continues the process of restoring funding to schools that were devastated by more than $20 billion in cuts in recent years. It will help our schools attract and retain our highly qualified educators by shoring up CalSTRS and keeping the promise made to our dedicated school staff that they will have a secure retirement after a lifetime of devoted service to our students."

    "We are particularly pleased that lawmakers voted to place restrictions on the amount of funding districts can put in reserve accounts," Vogel said. "Those restrictions will help ensure that more funding gets to our classrooms to help our schools fully achieve educational excellence." 

    The budget bill now goes to the governor, who has until June 30 to sign it into law.

    Read the budget highlights and CTA's news release.

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