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SACRAMENTO – CTA President Dean E. Vogel issued the following media statement urging lawmakers and the governor to support AB 2235 (Buchanan), legislation to authorize a state bond measure that would provide four to five billion dollars for repair and modernization of K-12 facilities.
“Our schools are in the midst of significant changes; changes that, after years of devastating cuts, translate into new opportunities for student success. Our state has a new education funding formula that will afford all students the opportunity to succeed regardless of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. As a state we came together to prevent further cuts to our schools and as a state we must come together to ensure our students have the infrastructure in place to get the best education possible that will ensure success in this global economy. Our students must be prepared for the challenges of the 21st century. Efforts to achieve this goal are being hampered by overcrowded classrooms and by old, outdated buildings that do not meet current health and safety standards. By providing matching state funds, AB 2235 will help local school districts build new classrooms to reduce class sizes, repair outdated and rundown facilities and upgrade technology and computer systems to give kids the technical skills they need. That is why we urge lawmakers to support this bill. A continued investment in students and our schools will fuel a strong economy today and tomorrow.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association