FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 27, 2016
Strong Education Spending Plan Shows Value of Wealthiest Paying Fair Share
Statement from the California Federation of Teachers:
The success of Proposition 30, and the importance of extending it, is front and center in the 2016-2017 budget signed today by Gov. Brown.
From K-12 to higher education, this is a budget with much to like thanks to Prop 30. We are especially pleased with grant funding that will allow classified employees to work toward obtaining their teaching credential, as well as grants for districts to implement a community schools model that will provide wrap-around services designed to educate the whole child. Community college students will benefit as well. They will see more full-time faculty on their campuses, and it will be easier to meet with part-time faculty as a result of more office hours.
There’s no question the $122.5 billion spending plan will help lift children out of poverty and improve public education for every student. In addition, the repeal of the Maximum Family Grant rule will reduce deep child poverty and set the most vulnerable children on the right path as they start out in life.
While this is a good budget, there’s much more to be done. And none of these positive things could have been accomplished without Prop 30. That’s why we are fighting to continue already-established income tax rates on the state’s wealthiest. If we allow Prop 30 to expire, California’s budget faces a $4 billion shortfall in year one. That’s why voting to extend Prop 30, the California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016, is so important this November.
We can’t go back.
The California Federation of Teachers is the statewide affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, and represents more than 100,000 certificated and classified employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education.