Today, the Californians for Quality Schools campaign announced that Alexandra “Alex” Gallardo-Rooker endorsed 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.
“As Democrats we must fight to close the gap of income inequality and give our children the best possible public education. This begins in the classroom with our teachers but must extend to providing a safe, innovative environment for all of our students, in every classroom across the state. By passing this bond, we take one step closer to closing that gap,” remarked California Democratic Party 1st Vice Chair Alex Rooker. “I’m proud to join our Chairman John Burton, California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, the Faculty Association of Community Colleges, and the California State PTA in supporting this critical bond.”
Because the last statewide school facilities bond was passed by California voters in 2006, there currently is 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.
The school facility bond will provide funding to the following categories:
- $3 billion for new construction;
- $3 billion for modernization;
- $2 billion for community colleges; and
- $500 million each for CTE facilities and charters.
For more information on the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, please visit www.CaliforniansForQualitySchools.com.