California PTA Applauds State Budget

297California State PTA President Colleen A. R. You issued the following statement today after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the 2015 – 16 state budget:

“This state budget upholds the Proposition 98 guarantee for schools and continues a positive trend of reinvestment in our state’s students, following many years of damaging cuts.

“PTA members across the state have spoken up loudly and consistently about the vital need for the state to adequately fund every child’s education – and that remains a major priority for California State PTA. To that end, this budget represents very encouraging progress, with the understanding there is still more work to be done to fund our schools to the level all children need and deserve. The positive progress in this budget also reflects the temporary taxes that voters approved in 2012. These additional revenues must be continued in some form moving forward, as part of an overall, long-term strategy to ensure adequate funding.

“We thank the governor and Legislature for committing much needed resources to students, especially as our state takes on a significant remodeling of the public education system that includes new standards, assessments, a local funding system, and a new accountability system on the way.

“This budget also increases support for early learning by funding 7,000 additional preschool slots and 6,800 child care slots and increasing the pay rate for providers.”

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