Today, the Californians for Quality Schools campaign announced that the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC) has endorsed the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, the $9 billion state school facilities bond that will appear on the November 2016 ballot.
“Innovation must be a hallmark of our public education system so that we are cultivating tomorrow’s top thinkers and doers,” said Kish Rajan, President of the Southern California Leadership Council. “It’s not hard to connect the dots and see that modern, well-resourced school campuses will function as the training grounds for our future workforce. That is why our members strongly support passing the state school bond that will help school districts invest in students, teachers, and communities.”
Founded in 2005 with the help of four former California Governors (Governors Brown, Deukmejian, Wilson and Davis), SCLC is a non-partisan, non-profit, business-led public policy partnership of business and community leaders that provides a common voice on major public policy priorities that are of regional significance and are critical to economic vitality, job growth, and quality of life in Southern California. With three of its founding former Governors still actively involved, SCLC’s membership includes three dozen presidents and CEOs of major companies and agencies throughout Southern California.
The last statewide school facilities bond was passed by California voters in 2006, and there currently exists 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.