This week, Executive Director Louis Freedberg and Editor-at-Large John Fensterwald discuss potentially good budget news for K-12 schools and community colleges and potentially ominous developments for California from the tax cut that Republicans are moving through Congress. (read story)

John interviews Dennis Meyers, assistant executive director, government affairs at California School Board Association, on how abolishing deductions for state and local taxes in calculating your federal income tax bill could hurt middle-class families in California and funding for California schools. They also review the Legislative Analyst’s Office forecast for robust education revenues next year.

Louis and John also discuss the tragedy in Rancho Tehama and how a state-mandated safety plan may have averted a worse tragedy at the elementary school. (read story)

Produced by Sarah Tan