ICYMI: Yes on 51: San Diego County schools need state funds

Yes on 51: San Diego County schools need state funds
By Lorena Gonzalez & Brian Maienschien, San Diego Union Tribune

“Passing Proposition 51 will allow San Diego County school districts the ability to access state grant funds to make such vital health and safety upgrades to schools like replacing temporary classrooms, removing hazardous materials like asbestos, or making seismic retrofits. With estimates placing school facility needs in California at more than $20 billion, Proposition 51 will eliminate the current project backlog and help districts address critical renovations, build facilities to support career technical education programs, or build new schools where there is growth.

Ultimately, Proposition 51 funds — when matched with locally raised dollars — will fund approximately 12,000 new classrooms, and repair an additional 44,000 classrooms, not including the approximately 1,500 new classrooms for Career Technical Education programs…

Should Proposition 51 not pass, 100 percent of school facility costs will fall to local communities — leaving school districts to turn to local communities to shoulder the entire burden through increased property and parcel taxes, and significantly increased housing costs for working families, renters and existing homeowners. Even more alarming, should Proposition 51 fail, school districts that cannot afford to raise local funds will keep sending students to schools with deteriorating buildings and overcrowded classrooms that are not equipped to deliver a quality education. This will be a serious and unfair disservice to students in poor communities…

Please join us, the California State Firefighters, the California Taxpayers Association, the California State PTA, educators, school boards and more than 400 other California organizations in voting Yes on Proposition 51.

Read the full article here at the San Diego Union Tribune website.