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.