School Bonds Used to be as Controversial as Mom & Apple Pie
Not Anymore Under Governor Jerry Brown
By George Skelton | October 3, 2016
It’s a sign of our contentious times and California’s contrarian governor that people are even bickering over routine state school construction bonds.
Selling state bonds to help local districts build new schools and modernize old ones used to be about as controversial as motherhood and apple pie. No longer.
Practically everything these days seems politically divisive.
Proposition 51 on the November state ballot is a low-profile issue for most voters, one of those wonky eye-glazers. But behind the scenes, the ballot initiative has stirred turmoil, mainly because of Gov. Jerry Brown.
Brown is bothered by the whole state school bond system. He thinks it’s too favorable to large and financially stable districts and is unfair toward smaller and poorer ones.
That’s vintage Brown. He tends to give middle-class districts short shrift and prioritizes spending on disadvantaged schools. That’s apparently a holdover from his early monk life as a Jesuit seminarian.