(Sacramento) – Today, the Californians for Quality Schools campaign announced receiving Assemblymember Bill Dodd’s (D-Napa) endorsement of the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016. The measure, a $9 billion state school facilities bond to adequately fund school construction and modernization projects throughout the state, will appear on the November 2016 ballot.
“The condition of school buildings speaks volumes about policy priorities to students, teachers and the community,” said Assemblymember Bill Dodd. “By continuing its role as an investment partner, the state will send a message to families and districts that it is committed to helping students achieve their full potential by providing modern, safe learning environments. The pot of school construction funds voters have supported for nearly two decades is effectively empty – it is now our responsibility to pass the November bond to give students better classrooms and create good paying jobs for communities throughout the state.”
The initiative language retains the successful current funding partnership between the state and local entities, where eligible school districts raise local dollars and then apply for matching state funds to help maximize taxpayer investment. The measure will also maintain school district authority to levy fees on developers to ensure they pay their fair share of school facility costs.
The last statewide school facilities bond was passed by California voters in 2006. The state’s fund to provide matching dollars to school districts that have already raised local funds for school construction projects has been nearly depleted, leaving a backlog of $2 billion in K-12 project applications and almost $500 million in approved community college projects, with billions more in identified need. With estimates placing K-14 school construction funding needs for the next decade at more than $20 billion, the $9 billion bond will be a significant step forward to address the state’s school construction needs.
The Coalition for Adequate School Housing, which has served as a strong advocate for K-12 facilities funding since 1978, partnered with the California Building Industry Association to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot. The measure has garnered broad support from the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California and the California Chamber of Commerce, and a coalition of bipartisan legislators across the state.
For more information on the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, please visit www.