Today, the Yes On Prop. 51 campaign announced that Marshall Tuck endorsed the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016. The measure will allow all local communities to access vital funding to fix and repair old schools, ensure safe learning environments, and build new classrooms in areas experiencing severe overcrowding.
“Every child deserves a quality education and we have a collective responsibility to ensure our children receive the education they need for success in life. While a lot of factors go into educating our students, the environment within which our children learn matters a lot,” said Mr. Tuck. “We need to pass Prop. 51 so that the state continues to equitably invest in every child and every school throughout California. Let’s come together and provide all of our children access to quality classrooms, modern technology, and safe schools.”
Mr. Tuck formerly served as President of Los Angeles’ Green Dot charter schools and as CEO of then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Los Angeles Public Schools Meeting. He currently serves as Educator in Residence at the New Teacher Center, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed.
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. With estimates placing K-14 school construction funding needs for the next decade at more than $20 billion, the school facilities bond will be a significant step forward to address the state’s school construction needs.
The school facility bond will provide funding to the following categories for K-12 and community college school districts:
- $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.YesOn51.com.