CA Educators Commend Protection of Public Education in Governor’s Proposed Budget

SACRAMENTO—California Teachers Association (CTA) President David B. Goldberg issued the following statement following today’s presentation of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2024-2025 state budget:

“Governor Newsom’s proposed budget continues to keep our state’s commitment to equitable access to a quality public education and resources for all California students. In the face of a $37.86 billion budget shortfall, the governor’s ongoing commitment to public education means that school districts and community colleges will be able to build on the recent investments in education that have expanded learning opportunities for students.

“We are especially pleased that the governor remains unwavering in his commitment to Community Schools. With the historic $4.1 billion investment maintained, California is on the road to making one in four California schools a Community School. This prioritizes democratic decision making, racial justice, and the needs of students.

“CTA will continue to work with lawmakers throughout this year’s budget process to ensure the final budget reflects the will of California voters, educators, and parents to prioritize public schools and colleges. We will work to ensure there are no layoffs to educators and school employees as we have seen in some past budget deficit years. Layoffs are devastating and chaotic for educators, students, and communities. The budget shortfall this year, and the potential for cuts or freezes to vital services that people depend on, highlight the need for long-term, consistent investment in all public services, including public schools. California is the fifth largest economy in the world, and our students deserve nothing less than an education system that reflects that economic strength.”


The 310,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3-million-member National Education Association.