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Un proyecto de ley único propone que no haya impuestos estatales para los maestros en California por una década

March 15 | LA School Report

By Mike Szymanski

Para  evitar que los maestros sean eliminados a través de las líneas estatales y contrarrestar una grave escasez de maestros, por primera vez los legisladores en California están considerando una propuesta para exentar a los maestros del pago de impuestos estatales por la siguiente década.

Mientras que en algunos estados no aplica el impuesto sobre la renta, este proyecto de  ley colocaría a California como el único Estado en la Unión Americana  que permita que los maestros que se han dedicado a la enseñanza en el salón de clases por más de cinco años queden exentos del pago de todos los  impuestos estatales hasta 2027, lo cual representa un aumento salarial inmediato de 4 a 6 por ciento.

California ed advocate Bill Lucia on the importance of school board races, local control and closing the achievement gap

March 14 | LA School Report

By Mike Szymanski

Local school boards can be prone to blaming their woes on decisions coming out of Sacramento or saying their hands are tied by the California Board of Education. But the state no longer pulls the strings and local districts wield significant power, a California education advocate says.

“The days of micromanaging are gone,” said Bill Lucia, president of the educational advocacy group EdVoice. “The responsibility is now for local districts to focus on helping kids and closing achievement gaps.”

Bill would allow veteran teachers to avoid state income taxes

March 13 | SF Gate

By Jill Tucker

A bill moving through the state Legislature seeks to give California teachers a big tax break to entice them to enter the profession and stay — a nationally unprecedented approach to boosting salaries amid a shortage in the field.

Senate Bill 807 would exempt veteran teachers from paying state income tax for 10 years and help new teachers pay for their education and certification costs. Teachers with at least five years’ experience who earn a $75,000 salary would gain the equivalent of a 5 percent raise, saving nearly $4,000 on their annual tax bill.

No taxes for teachers: California tries to hold on to good educators

March 13 | The Christian Science Monitor

By Weston Williams

A new bill proposed in the California State Senate would completely eliminate income tax for teachers who have been in the profession for six years. Senate Bill 807, also known as the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act, is an attempt to provide incentives for teachers to stay in the profession in a state troubled by a shortage of educators.

Should California teachers have to pay state income tax?

March 13 | Sacramento Bee

By Taryn Luna

A California Senate bill proposes a new way to solve the teacher shortage: Let them keep their state income tax.

California is struggling to recruit and retain teachers as baby boomers retire and meager starting salaries do little to attract young people to the profession. Making matters worse, nearly one in three teachers leave the profession in the first seven years, according to the California Teachers Association.

Tax breaks for California teachers?

March 13 | LA Times

A bill to combat the shortage of teachers by giving them tax breaks has begun to make its way through the California Legislature.

If passed, Senate Bill 807, or the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, would help teachers two ways.

First, it would give new teachers tax credits for the money they spent to earn full teaching credentials. The credits would cover such costs as college tuition and certification tests. These expenses could be entirely recouped entirely over five years. 

Second, it would exempt teachers who remain in the profession more than five years from paying state taxes on income earned from teaching. The effect would be equivalent to a 4% to 6% salary increase, according to backers. 

Senate bill would eliminate income tax for California teachers

March 10 | The Signal

By Gina Ender

In light of the increasing teacher shortage in California, Senators Henry Stern and Cathleen Galgiani announced the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act.

If passed, Senate Bill 807 would eliminate all state income tax for teachers who stay in the classroom for more than five years, as well as provide tax credits to cover training costs and teaching credentials for new teachers.

Brown's school finance overhaul could be a cruel joke on poor kids

March 11 | Sacramento Bee

By Dan Walters

The Local Control Funding Formula is Jerry Brown’s experiment in closing the “achievement gap” in California’s public schools separating poor and “English learner” students from their more privileged classmates.

Persuaded by Michael Kirst, an education scholar, his longtime friend and president of the State Board of Education, Brown championed a radical change in state school aid that provides more money to districts with large numbers of “at-risk” students, to be spent on improving their learning.

Curiously, however, Brown and Kirst have been very reluctant to account for how the extra billions of dollars have been spent, or whether they have, in fact, narrowed the achievement gap.

No state taxes for California teachers for a decade. Unique bill seeks to pinch off the poachers

March 10 | LA School Report

By Mike Szymanski

To keep teachers from being poached across state lines and offset a serious teacher shortage, California lawmakers are looking at a first-ever proposal to exempt educators from state taxes for the next decade.

While some states have no income tax, the bill would make California the only state in the nation to allow teachers who have worked more than five years in the classroom to be exempt from all state tax obligations through 2027, which translates to a 4 percent to 6 percent raise.

It would also give tax credits to all new teachers to cover their training and credentialing costs.


California Mulls Eliminating Income Tax for Teachers

March 10 | U.S. News & World Report

By Lauren Camera

California legislators are hoping a proposal to eliminate income tax for teachers will help attract young people into the profession and keep them there at a time when the state is hemorrhaging educators and lacks a pipeline.

Notably, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act, introduced by two state Senate Democrats, is the first of its kind in California and in the country. While a handful of states give retirees tax breaks on their pensions, and others, including Maryland and New Jersey, have toyed with the idea of eliminating income tax for law enforcement officers, it doesn’t appear that any have seriously considered cutting the income tax for the teaching profession.