Legislation

Budget Panel Hears State Could Suffer $4B in Education Cuts without Income Tax Extension on Top 2%

Philip Ting

The ten-member panel working on a final state budget has begun meeting in the state Capitol. The state Senators and Assembly Members are charged with producing one budget document from the separate budget bills approved by each house. At the outset of the first hearing, which focuses on education spending including child care, the governor’s Department of Finance and the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office warned that their projections show the state running a multi-billion budget deficit if voters don’t approve an extension of the current income tax rates on the wealthiest 2% of Californians. Education could suffer more than $4 billion in cuts, hurtling public schools back into the devastated landscape created during the Great Recession.

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CA Department of Education is Looking for Content Reviewers and Scorers

The California Department of Education is looking for qualified educators who would like to serve as either content reviewers for a variety of assessments or hand-scorers for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English Language Arts or mathematics.

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New Survey Finds Voters Support Tax Extension on Wealthy by Overwhelming Margin

A whopping 64% of all voters support extending the current Prop. 30 income tax levels affecting the top 2% of wealthy Californians. (Graphic courtesy of the PPIC.)

A new poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) finds that an overwhelming majority of Californians voters – by a 64-32% margin – support extending the current level of income taxes being levied on the wealthiest 2% of Californians.

The poll, part of the PPIC’s Californians and Their Government survey series, cites voters’ passage of Prop. 30 in 2012 and asks respondents whether they would support extending the high-income tax levels for an additional 12 years.

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Chapter Leaders Urge Lawmakers to Protect School Funding and Head off Shortfall

On behalf of CTA President Eric Heins, Vice President Theresa Montaño and Secretary-Treasurer David Goldberg prepare to speak to the 120 CTA chapter leaders who came to the Capitol on May 24.

More than 100 CTA local presidents gathered near the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 24, for the annual Presidents’ Lobby Day. They spent the day talking to their legislators about critical issues including the state budget, the teacher shortage, early childhood education, and funding for the community colleges and higher education.

A key focus of the discussions was the effort to extend the Prop. 30 income tax rates on the state’s wealthiest 2%. That money has helped pay back our schools after years of devastating budget cuts.

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Imperial Charter School Teachers Beat Back Attack on Their Union as They Battle for Students

Current and former ISTA members and charter school teachers celebrate the victory. They include (from l.) Karina Renteria, ISTA Vice President Leonor Noris, Francisco Montaño, Elizabeth Godoy; and Rebecca Veliz.

Determined members of the Imagine Schools Teachers Association (ISTA) have beaten an attempt by anti-union forces to sever their affiliation with the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association.

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Honor and Thank Our Education Support Professionals Today and All This Week!

Today, May 17, is Education Support Professionals Day, a time to spotlight the hard work and dedication of the ESPs who – as this year’s theme underscores – “keep our students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so they can learn.” The day is the highlight of Education Support Professionals week in California.

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On Day of Teacher, Superintendent’s Accountability Task Force Presents Findings to State Board of Education

(From l.) CTA President Eric Heins points to some key elements of the task force report to a Capitol Television News Service reporter following his presentation to the State Board of Education on May 11, the Day of the Teacher.

Three words summarize the recommendations of Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Advisory Task Force on Accountability and Continuous Improvement: “performance, equity, and improvement.”

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Assembly Education Chair Presents Day of Teacher Proclamation to CTA

(From l.) Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) presents a resolution to CTA President Eric C. Heins that proclaims Wednesday, May 11, as the 2016 Day of the Teacher.

May 11, 2016 is now “officially” this year’s Day of the Teacher, thanks to a legislative resolution by Assembly Education Chair Patrick O’Donnell.

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San Juan Teachers Association Gains Additional Acclaim for Collaboration for Students

Huffington Post’s Education Page is the latest place to focus on and applaud the San Juan Teachers Association for its commitment to student achievement.

In that on-line publication, Harriet Sanford of the NEA Foundation lauds the Association for its work on helping educators become even better.“

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By Nearly Unanimous Vote, CFA Members Ratify Tentative Contract

(Photo above)CFA members united behind their leadership and bargaining team, making it clear to management that they would strike to secure a fair contract after more than eight years of stagnant salaries that were forcing university staff into bankruptcy and other financial hardships.

With 97% voting “yes,” members of the California Faculty Association (CFA) have approved the tentative contract wrested from California State University management through months of action that demonstrated the union’s solidarity and resolve.

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