Invest in Teachers

Teachers are the job and economic engine of the state.  Without them, we would not have great nurses, doctors, engineers, carpenters, computer programmers, actors or musicians.
We all have a favorite school teacher that inspired us and made a difference in our life or the lives of our children. Today, across California, it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep great teachers in the classroom to benefit all our children.  
The “Invest in Teachers” Act, SB 807, would eliminate state income tax for experienced teachers, and help new teachers with a tax credit to help pay for training required to be a teacher. 

California faces an unprecedented teacher shortage. Over 30 percent of teachers leave the profession in the first five years, and data show that teachers are leaving the profession at a rate six times greater than other public employees.
The “Invest in Teachers” Act structurally addresses California’s teacher shortage by making it more affordable to become a teacher, and encouraging fully-trained teachers to return and remain in the classroom. With baby boomer retirement just around the corner, the shortage will be even worse.  California needs tens of thousands of new teachers in the next 10 years, and the “Invest in Teachers” Act can help us get there.


EdVoice Urges Support for "Invest in Teachers" Act. SB 807 Benefits all children by attracting and retaining great classroom teachers statewide.

SACRAMENTO – EdVoice today announced sponsorship of the “Invest in Teachers” Act, also known as Senate Bill 807, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017. Introduced by Senator Henry Stern (D-Agoura Hills) and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton), SB 807 would address the acute statewide teacher shortage in California by providing tax credits to cover the training costs new teachers incur while getting required teaching credentials, and eliminate all state income tax for teachers who stay in the classroom more than five years.

Read the full release here.


SB 807 Elevates Teaching Profession in California

SACRAMENTO - State Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) announced he and Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) jointly introduced Senate Bill 807, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, which helps new teachers afford required training and exempts teaching income from California income tax for those who teach in public school classrooms beyond five years.  California would become the first state in the nation that excludes teaching income from state income taxes.

Read the full release here.



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