The Coalition for Adequate School Housing and three California school districts initiated litigation to require the State of California to comply with the law regarding school facility state match funding. Named in the suit are Governor Brown, Director of Finance Bosler and the State Allocation Board.
Current law is simple and clear regarding how the state match for school facilities is calculated and apportioned to eligible school districts. Notwithstanding current law’s clarity, the state chose to shortchange the students in the school districts that have been waiting almost six years for their state match funding.
The Governor appoints the Director of the Department of Finance, who chairs the State Allocation Board. The Governor is responsible for the actions of his appointees who have violated the law.
Proposition 51, passed in November of 2016, was clear in maintaining the School Facility Program. The people of California voted to keep that existing state program intact. The State Allocation Board has taken an action that does not follow the School Facility Program as required in Proposition 51. If the State can arbitrarily violate Proposition 51, school districts will have no certainty in planning school facilities and students will be harmed now and in the future.
Unfortunately, we must fight through a lawsuit naming the Governor, the Department of Finance and the State Allocation Board in order to preserve the integrity of Proposition 51, uphold state law and to enforce the will of the people.