Today, the Yes on Proposition 51 campaign announced that the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 has received another 174 endorsements, bringing the total number of endorsements from organizations, businesses, education leaders, and elected officials to 395. Notable and recent endorsements of the measure include the California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party, the California Taxpayers Association, the California Labor Federation, the League of Women Voters of California and 146 school districts.
“The statewide school bond has garnered broad support from Republicans, Democrats, organized labor, and both the business and education communities. The wide breadth and diversity of the measure’s endorsements make it clear that supporting schools and students is a clear priority for all Californians,” said Jenny Hannah, Chief Facilities Officer at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and Chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing.
In addition to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, 15 local union organizations and 13 chambers of commerce have also endorsed the initiative. The full list of endorsements can be found here.
Because the last statewide school facilities bond was passed by California voters in 2006, there currently is a backlog of almost $2 billion in K-12 project applications and almost $500 million in priority community college projects. There is a pressing need to act now. Many schools and community colleges are outdated and need repairs to meet basic health and safety standards — including retrofitting for earthquake safety, fire safety, and removing asbestos and lead paint and pipes. Prop 51 will help make sure our local schools are updated and safe for students.
For more information on Proposition 51, please visit www.CaliforniansForQualitySchools.com.