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California Teachers Income Tax Bill Aims to Attract Educators

March 13 | NewsMax

By Jerry Shaw

California could become the first state in the U.S. to eliminate income tax for teachers as a way to attract and retain more people in the education profession.

Two state Senate Democrats have proposed the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act as a remedy for California’s teacher shortage crisis. Noticeable shortages have been strikingly evident for the past three years, U.S. News reported. A survey of 211 state school districts revealed that 75 percent reported teacher shortages during the 2016-17 school year.

California’s new school ratings: Are they better or just confusing?

March 17 | Sacramento Bee

By Dan Walters

If Gray Davis’ governorship achieved anything of importance before he was recalled by voters, it was a system for rating academic achievement in the state’s public schools.

Driven by standardized testing, the Academic Performance Index (API) provided each school with a score on how well its students were progressing.

It had a substantial impact. Parents used the scores to compare their schools with others and demand improvements – even to the point of using a “parent trigger” to take over some poor-performing schools and convert them into charters.

However, the education establishment – and especially the California Teachers Association – hated the API. It was, the critics said, too simplistic and implied that educators should be held solely responsible for outcomes, without taking into account such factors as poverty or lack of English skills.


Bill Aims to Tackle California's Teacher Shortage

March 14 | NBC News Channel 4

By Peggy Bunker

A new bill is aimed at tackling California's teacher shortage.

Senate Bill 807, which is being called the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, would exempt teachers from paying state taxes after five years in the classroom.

"I know some people personally that have had to leave the profession or move cities because of just how much it costs to live here," said Benji Coleman-Levy, a math teacher.

The average annual salary for a California teacher is around $59,000. Supporter said the tax break proposed in the bill would be equivalent to a 4 to 6 percent raise

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.