May 10 | The Signal Santa Clara Valley

By Gina Ender

California teachers are one step closer to tax credits and exemptions after Senator Henry Stern’s (D-Canoga Park) bill passed the Governance and Finance Committee Wednesday.

Senate Bill 807, also referred to as the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act, was voted on unanimously by the committee 6-0. Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) co-authored the bill.

If the bill becomes law, it would provide new public school teachers with tax credits to be applied to up to half the cost of their clear teaching credential, which would save about $1,200. Additionally, it would waive income taxes on half of their income from their sixth through tenth year of teaching.