August 2, 2016
Proposition 51 – It is Official!
This is an exciting time to be in the business of school facilities. I am pleased to report to you that it is official: the Secretary of State has designated the Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act as Proposition 51! Moving forward, the State School Bond Campaign will be known as “Yes on Proposition 51.” We are committed to passing Proposition 51, the $9 billion State School Bond which includes $3 billion for New Construction, $3 billion for Modernization, $500 million for Career Technical Education (CTE), $500 million for the Charter School Facilities Program, and $3 billion for community colleges.
The Secretary of State has made the Official Voter Information Guide public. Please click the links below for information on Proposition 51, or to view the Guide in its entirety, click here.
- Ballot Label (PDF)
- Title & Summary (PDF)
- Legislative Analysis (PDF)
- Argument in Favor (PDF)
- Rebuttal to Argument in Favor (PDF)
- Argument Against (PDF)
- Rebuttal to Argument Against (PDF)
- Text of Proposed Law (PDF)
Unfortunately, there is an opposition argument in the ballot pamphlet; however, despite the rumors, Governor Brown did not sign an opposition argument. The good news is that we have our Yes on 51 statements included and we are the first proposition on the ballot!
I expect many CASH members were as disappointed as I when reading the East Bay Times and the San Jose Mercury News editorials opposing Proposition 51. Our campaign team is already working to inform East Bay and San Jose citizens about Proposition 51. We will continue to give voters the facts between now and November 8th. When possible, I know all CASH members will help in the voter information contact efforts. Thank you for everything you do to ensure all students and teachers have access to safe, quality classrooms.
Call to Action and School Board Resolutions
We will be asking all CASH members to become involved with the Campaign, in particular the social media campaign, stay tuned for more information. Currently, there are 17 measures on the November General Election ballot and we will need to rise above the fray. One way we can accomplish this is with school district and county office support. We need every school district and county office of education to pass a resolution in support of Proposition 51. We have received 130 school board resolutions to date, identifying more than $24 billion in need. For the full list of the resolutions, visit www.cashissuesstateschoolbond.com. To download a resolution template, click here.
We are pleased that more and more reputable organizations continue to officially endorse Proposition 51, including both the California Democratic and Republican Parties and the California Taxpayers Association.
CASH Facility Inspection Tool (FIT) Guidebook 2.0 Update Subcommittee
While CASH’s first priority is the passage of Proposition 51 in November, we continue to work on other critical issues in the school facilities realm. The CASH Maintenance Network, under the leadership of co-chairs Joe Dixon (Immediate Past Chair/Dixon SmartSchoolHouse, LLC) and Alex Parslow (Board Member/PBK), has convened the CASH Facilities Inspection Tool (FIT) Guidebook 2.0 Update Subcommittee.
The objective of the Subcommittee is to revise the existing FIT Guidebook to better reflect the move to achieving the Good Repair Standard under LCAP regulations. Comprised of school M&O leaders and state agencies, the Subcommittee is currently in the first stages of recommending changes to the existing Guidebook. Once a draft is complete, we will hold CASH Maintenance Network Workshops to gather input directly from our members in school district M&O departments, county offices of education, and our private sector partners. In addition, we plan to utilize the expertise and leadership of graduates and current students of the CASH Maintenance Management Certificate Program (CMMCP). The end result of these efforts will be the CASH FIT Guidebook 2.0, which can be used by CASH members as a resource to help their M&O departments identify and address immediate and ongoing threats to health and safety in their school facilities. If you would like to provide input during this process, please keep an eye out for announcements with the dates of the Maintenance Network Workshops.
~ Jenny Hannah, Chair