Feb 10, 2020
Proposition 13: Californians for Safe Schools and Healthy Learning
By Jennifer Bullers
On October 7, 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 48 (O’Donnell and Glazer), which placed a $15 billion state school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020, statewide primary election. The Secretary of State assigned the heavily supported initiative by state officials, educators and administrators, and education organizations with the ballot number Proposition 13.
According to the recent Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) statewide survey, 53 percent of likely voters support a statewide measure to authorize bonds for construction and modernization of public school facilities, with 36 percent opposing it and 10 percent as undecided. Our schools desperately need your vote to get this much-needed bond passed.
• New construction: $2.8 billion, with up to 10 percent set aside for small school districts
• Modernization: $5.2 billion, with up to 10 percent set aside for small school districts and $150 million earmarked for lead in water projects
• K-12 Career Technical Education: $500 million
• Charter Schools: $500 million
• California Community Colleges: $2 billion
• California State University: $2 billion
• University of California: $2 billion
• New Construction projects: Increases the state grant amount sliding scale basis, from 50% to 55% (New state match 55% and local match 45%).
• Modernization projects: Increases the state grant amount sliding scale basis, from 60% to 65% (New state match 65% and local match 35%).
• For both modernization and new construction projects, the grants will be based on a district’s ability to generate local funds and the percentage of low income, foster care, and English learner students.
• Establishes four cycles annually for review of applications.
• Prioritizes health and safety applications, such as projects addressing mold, asbestos, seismic safety, and lead in water, in the review process.
• Establishes a separate funding program to enable school districts to test and remediate lead in drinking water outlets.
• Allows school districts to demolish and construct a building on an existing school site, if the following conditions are met:
• The building or buildings to be replaced are at least 50 years old.
• The school district provides to the department a cost-benefit analysis that indicates the total cost to modernize the building or buildings is at least 50 percent of the current replacement cost of the building or buildings. The cost-benefit analysis may include applicable site development costs.
• Establishes a process to assist small school districts in applying for funds and access of those funds. In the past large school districts with more staff have been able to apply and receive the majority of the bond.
Depending on where you live there may be a local school district bond on the ballot as well. THESE ALSO NEED YOUR VOTE. Even with Prop 13, our local districts need more than the share they might receive from Prop 13. If you have a local school bond where you live,
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