November 4, 2015
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced his endorsement for the Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, an initiative that will invest $9 billion in upgrading decaying classrooms, providing critical technological upgrades to school campuses, and helping build new, modern school facilities for California students. Please click here to read the article.
“California’s students depend upon safe, modernized school campuses that are equipped with the tools necessary to help them prepare for and succeed in our 21st century economy,” said Superintendent Torlakson. “School districts work hard to raise the local funds to build and upgrade classrooms, and the bond will make sure the state is able to provide the matching funds needed to complete district projects.
“For more than 15 years, the state’s facilities funding program has built and modernized classrooms and school campuses for more than 4 million children. The school facilities bond, if passed, will continue the successful partnership where school districts raise local dollars and then apply for matching state funds.
“With the state’s new construction and modernization bonding authority committed, the state faces a $2 billion backlog of local K-12 projects that have applied for matching state funds under the existing rules and regulations. Further, there is a projected school construction need of more than $20 billion over the next ten years. The initiative will ensure that school districts will be able to continue to partner with the state to maximize local taxpayer dollars to repair, upgrade, and build neighborhood schools.”
We hope all school districts will show support for the 2016 State School Bond by passing a school board resolution. To download our sample resolution template, click here and please email your passed resolution to Aileen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit, http://www.cashissuesstateschoolbond.com. If you have any questions, please contact C.A.S.H. staff member Aileen Dalen, email@example.com or (916) 448-8577.
~ Dave Walrath