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Pleased to see plan to address CalSTRS shortfall involves all stakeholders, state, districts and educators
BURLINGAME – California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued this statement Tuesday following Governor Jerry Brown’s unveiling of the revised budget proposal:
“We are pleased to see the governor’s May Revision includes funding to improve living conditions for all Californians. Voters passed Proposition 30 during the last election in order to prevent further cuts to students and other essential services and to help put our schools back on track. It is imperative that the state continues to pay our students back after years of drastic budget cuts and this proposal includes increased funding for our schools and colleges. We commend the governor for allocating more funding in order for an additional 1.4 million Californians to have health insurance coverage through Medi-Cal. Healthcare for our students and their families translates into healthy students more apt and ready to learn while in our classrooms. We are also encouraged that the governor is proposing to tackle the unfunded liability of the California State Teachers Retirement System. The CalSTRS shortfall did not happen overnight and it cannot be addressed overnight. It is going to take time, commitment and collaboration from all stakeholders—the state, districts and educators—so we appreciate the governor’s plan to fully fund the teachers’ retirement defined benefit plan within 30 years. Making sure educators have a secure retirement is critical to attracting and keeping quality educators in the profession. We look forward to working with lawmakers and the governor to ensure the approved budget reflects the intentions set forth today.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.