CTA and education partners are calling on legislative leaders to prioritize education funding and identify additional revenue to close a projected $20 billion education state budget shortfall during the global pandemic and beyond. Ways to generate revenue include suspending or eliminating tax expenditures, imposing additional taxes on high income individuals, or corporate tax changes.
“We are in the midst of historic and severe health, economic and racial crises and all eyes are on state lawmakers to provide leadership and address this before it’s too late. Most of our schools are unable to physically reopen safely and it’s only going to get worse next year if we don’t take action now,” said CTA President E. Toby Boyd.
For more information and a breakdown of the projected shortfall, go here.
CTA, Planned Parenthood, California Medical Association and SEIU sent a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Aug. 11 urging him to put additional resources into the state’s public health systems, education systems, and worker safety during this final month of the legislative session. View the letter here.