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Burlingame - David A. Sanchez, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, released this statement about Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech:
“The governor’s State of the State speech is an honest look at the difficult choices California needs to make to get our state back on track. Governor Brown has proposed a balanced approach of cuts and revenues to resolve the $25 billion deficit that threatens our economic and academic responsibilities to our communities and students. It’s incredibly important that revenues be extended in order to keep from adding to the $18 billion in cuts our schools and colleges have taken over the past three years.
“We think the governor’s plan to extend current revenues for five years is a viable option for dealing with our budget deficit, and taking it to the public for a vote should be beyond partisan bickering. How we choose to deal with this crisis, and with our students and schools, will define us as Californians for years to come.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.