May 23, 2016
By Californians for Quality Schools
Today, the Californians for Quality Schools campaign announced that Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) 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. Assemblymember O’Donnell also serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education.
“Having been a classroom teacher for over 20 years, I know firsthand the need for better school facilities for our students. Too many of our schools are in desperate need of major repairs or new classrooms to help address severe overcrowding,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “The school facilities bond will also provide critical funds to build and upgrade facilities that support career technical education and job training programs, which are critical to helping returning veterans re-enter the civilian workforce.”
Key features and benefits of the statewide facilities bond include:
- Investment in School Facilities –The bond will provide $9 billion in funds to modernize and repair schools to 21st century standards for California’s 6.2 million students, including: upgrades to classroom technology, science labs, libraries, and career technical education program facilities.
- Fiscal Responsibility and Local Control –Projects are subject to significant accountability provisions, including citizen board oversight and annual audits to protect against waste and abuse.
- Expanding Economic Opportunity for All –The bond measure will provide funds to help develop a skilled and competitive workforce by investing in facilities that support career technical education and job training programs in elementary, high schools, and community colleges. In addition, for every billion dollars invested in new school construction and modernization work, 13,000 jobs are created.
- Fulfill Commitment to Veterans –The state school facilities bond will also help Californians fulfill its commitment to support returning veterans by investing in local community college facilities that provide job training and vocational education programs.