Contact: Becky Zoglman, 916-296-5271 or Sandra Jackson, 916-801-4776
“The Governor’s proposed budget fully funds a cost-of-living increase for public education programs and that’s good news for students, schools and our community colleges. CTA also supports increasing funding to expand career and technical education programs to help students get good-paying jobs and compete in the global economy.
“But some details of the proposed budget raise some concerns. We’re disappointed with the proposed elimination of the teacher tax credit. Teachers spend thousands of dollars out of their own pockets every year to buy basic supplies for their students and classrooms. We’re also deeply concerned with any proposal that could lower the minimum school funding guarantee approved by voters.
“CTA believes all teachers and students should have clean, safe schools, but the state must also provide adequate and stable funding for programs that directly impact our classrooms and improve student learning. It’s time to find out what it costs for every student in California to meet the state’s rigorous academic standards.
“Finally, we commend the Governor for recognizing the growing health care crisis and joining teachers, parents and voters in the debate. All Californians deserve quality and affordable health care, starting with our children. But, any health care proposal should not adversely impact workers.
“We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on all these important issues.”
CTA Members: Read CTA Talking Points on Governor’s 2007-08 Proposed Budget and State of the State Address