May 16, 2016
By Jenny Hannah, CASH Chair
In my last message, I focused on the most recent updates on the CASH-sponsored State School Bond Initiative, as well as highlights of the very successful 37th Annual Conference. This quarter, I will focus on recent polling showing strong support for the CASH State School Bond Initiative, the upcoming Planning and Funding Facilities of the Future Symposium, and the CASH Maintenance Management Certificate Program (CMMCP).
Polling Shows Strong Support for School Bond Initiative
CASH continues to roll out endorsements of the State School Bond Initiative weekly, which continues to broaden and deepen support for our campaign. On April 20, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), a well-respected polling California polling firm widely read by Sacramento decision-makers, released its 12th annual survey Californians and Education. The report indicates strong support for funding local schools, stating that, “Most Californians…favor two proposals that are likely to be on the November ballot to increase it: an extension of the Proposition 30 tax increase on higher incomes and a bond measure to pay for school construction projects.” Specifically, the PPIC survey indicated that 76% of adults and 63% of likely voters would vote yes on a state school bond measure to pay for school construction projects, which is a very strong level of support for school facilities. The polling shows support is highest among Democrats at (83%), second highest among Independents (60%), and third highest among Republicans (51%). It is also noteworthy that an overwhelming majority of public school parents support a state school bond (84%).