Message from the Chair – Proposition 13: The Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020
Proposition 13: The 2020 State School Bond
AB 48 (O’Donnell) approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, has now become Proposition 13 and will appear on the March 3, 2020 California Primary Ballot. Proposition 13 continues the School Facility Program (SFP) with new resources and important programmatic improvements. CASH is urging support for Proposition 13. We need your assistance to help spread the message that approval of Proposition 13 is critical for California’s students, teachers, California’s economy, and for building, renovating and maintaining schools to ensure that they are clean, safe and healthy.
New Resources for K-12
Proposition 13 includes $9 billion for K-12:
- $5.2 billion for Modernization (includes $150 million for clean drinking water and includes supplemental funding for energy efficiency projects)
- $2.8 billion for New Construction
- $500 million for Career Technical Education
- $500 million for Charter Schools
School Facility Program
Proposition 13 leaves the structure of the School Facility Program (SFP) elements essentially intact, while also including new significant program elements. While there are many changes, the primary changes are increased state matching percentage; new processing overlay to the SFP; changes to multifamily residential projects and developer fees, and increased school district bonding capacity. The following is a summary of the processing, sliding scale, and matching provisions:
Projects Processed First
- Health or life safety projects (includes seismic)
- Financial Hardship: Inability of district to pay its match for a project
- Testing and remediation of lead levels in water
- Additional priority processing based on:
- Unduplicated Pupil Percentage
- Project Labor Agreements
Sliding Scale and Increased State Percentages Matching
- Based on a sliding scale, districts with lower bonding capacity per student, higher proportions of unduplicated students, or ADA under 200 will also receive a slightly greater state project share.
- Modernization up to 65% state share and 35% district share as opposed to 60/40
- New Construction up to 55% state share and 45% district share as opposed to 50/50
Small School Districts Assistance
To assist small school districts, Proposition 13 includes a small school districts assistance program which provides a preliminary apportionment/reservation for up to 10% of available New Construction and Modernization funding pots, and allows for a 5% construction management grant.
Next Steps – Implementation
Proposition 13/AB 48 is a complex change to a complex program, so it is not a surprise that many questions have yet to be answered about the specific details of each component of the new program. Many questions have emerged from AB 48 that must be answered through implementing regulations. CASH needs your attention and involvement for the implementation of AB 48.
If Proposition 13 is not approved in March 2020, this new funding and program improvements will not happen. That is why approval of Proposition 13 is CASH’s first priority.
2020 Annual Conference
The 41st Annual Conference on School Facilities is focused on this time of transition in the school facilities community, and what it means for your ability to provide every student and teacher with safe, clean and quality learning spaces. CASH is committed to ensuring that all schools have access to stable, secure and ongoing capital and maintenance funding through ongoing advocacy and educating members with the most up-to-date information.
For the first time in more than several decades, the Conference will be held in Southern California. You will find a variety of education sessions for facilities practitioners in all aspects of school facilities construction, and for all experience levels. New this year: Mini-Workshops, 40-minute topic-focused education sessions, on all three days of the Conference. The Board of Directors and Annual Conference Planning Committee invite you to join more than 2,000 of your school facilities peers and colleagues participating in CASH’s largest annual event, Wednesday, February 19, through Friday, February 21, 2020!
~Julie Arthur, CASH Chair