CFT Comments on Governor Newsom’s January Budget Proposal

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Sacramento, CA — CFT released the following statement from President Jeff Freitas in response to Governor Newsom’s January 2024-25 budget proposal: 

“With the state facing a $37.9 billion budget deficit, Governor Gavin Newsom has once again demonstrated his strong support for public education by putting forward a budget proposal that avoids steep cuts to our public schools. Investing in the future means investing in the children of this state, and public education from early childhood through university must always be our top priority, especially when difficult budget decisions need to be made. 

“While steep cuts are not being proposed to education, we still need our leaders in Sacramento to take bold action to tackle the critical issues facing our public schools, including addressing ongoing staffing shortages and ensuring that our students receive the services and support they deserve.

“California is the 5th largest economy in the world, and our students and their families deserve a public school system that is fully and equitably funded and equal to the economic stature of the state. In order to fully fund our schools and meet the growing needs of our students and our state, all options should be considered, including raising new revenue through progressive taxation.” 

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CFT – A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals represents 120,000 teachers, faculty, and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. It is the statewide affiliate of the AFT.