Teacher tax cut bill clears finance committee

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.

An investment in teacher training would pay off for California: Guest commentary

By Bill Lucia

California’s leadership in the nation and world depends on public schools working well for every child. Yet we’re in the midst of the state’s worst teacher shortage on record.

Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has plummeted 76 percent over the past decade, and nearly three-quarters of school district have hiring difficulties.

To retain teachers, lawmakers push to exempt them from state income tax

By Fermin Leal

Teachers on the job for at least five years would be exempt from paying state income taxes under a bill that aims to increase the number of teachers entering and staying in the profession.

Senate Bill 807, or the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act, is part of a series of bills lawmakers are currently proposing to help ease California’s teacher shortage.

Proposed Bill To Give Tax Break To CA Teachers

By B.J. Hansen

In an effort to attract and retain additional educators, a proposed bill paves the way for teachers to have their income tax exempt after five years on the job.

Author of the bill, Senator Henry Stern of Los Angeles, says “Teachers are the original job creators. The teaching profession is critical to California’s economic success and impacts every vocation and profession in the state. SB 807 addresses the immediate teacher shortage and sends a loud and clear message across the state and nation:  California values teachers.”

California Teachers Income Tax Bill Aims to Attract Educators

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.

Bill Aims to Tackle California's Teacher Shortage

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.