State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation
The Governor’s Budget proposal contains good news for school facilities, as well as some challenges. With regard to the implementation of Proposition 51, the Governor stated his willingness to work to have Proposition 51 funds flow to school projects. The challenges will be implementing the audit provisions that Governor Brown wants before allowing Proposition 51 funds to flow. Concerning Proposition 39 energy efficiency funding, the Governor proposes $422.9 million for K-12 school districts and charter schools, which is a significant investment.
CASH has always supported accountability for spending taxpayer funds. We have a stated policy that every public funded school project should be audited. If there are changes needed, we look forward to making those changes as soon as possible. We believe the audit guide concern can be addressed immediately without legislation because the guide is developed by the State Controller, Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Department of Finance. If legislation is needed to have a long-term statutory authority, CASH believes that can be done through a budget trailer bill. We will have more updates in the coming days as more details become available. Below is a summary of the proposed State Budget relating to school facilities.
CASH signed on to a coalition letter regarding DPR regulations with the Association of California School Administrators, California School Boards Association, and the Small School Districts’ Association.
The Office of Public School Construction (OPSC) is pleased to announce that Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell has been appointed to the State Allocation Board. OPSC welcomes the Assembly Member to the State Allocation Board and looks forward to working with him on school facilities issues.
The Legislature completed the 2015-16 Legislative Session on August 31 and adjourned for final recess at that time. The Governor had until September 30 to sign or veto bills passed in the last weeks of the Session. The legislature returns briefly on December 5 to convene the new 2017-18 Legislative Session, then will immediately adjourn for recess until January, at which time they will begin to introduce new bill proposals for consideration.
The CASH legislative advocacy team had a successful year, highlighted by CASH’s engagement in and support of two significant bills. AB 2316 (O’Donnell) creates a competitive selection process for Lease-Leaseback based on the best value methodology. SB 693 (Hueso) addresses implementation challenges for various skilled workforce bills, including AB 566 (2015). The CASH legislative team monitored and took positions on many bills, including some involving school siting, seismic safety, local debt policy, storm water, energy and other critical issues for the school facilities community.
Today, CASH released a joint letter with the Association of California School Administrations, California’s School Boards Association, and California Association of School Business Officials on resources that schools should take to protect child health when using polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
On Friday, October 28, the Third Court of Appeals denied California Building Industry Association’s (CBIA) appeal against the State Allocation Board’s action on May 25, 2016.
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the State Allocation Board issued a letter pertaining to its action on May 25, 2016 determining that state funds are no longer available for school facility construction. This determination is required in order for school districts to charge Level III developer fees. Per the requirements of Government Code Section 65995.7(a), the letter was sent to the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the Assembly, and it indicates that funds are no longer available effective May 25, 2016.
For more information, see the Board’s letters and the May 25 agenda item here:
Thank you for your continued support of Prop 51 and safe schools for our students. With your help, the Proposition 51 campaign has gained broad and diverse support throughout the state of California.
In addition to our TV spots featuring a teacher and a school nurse, our “Sí a la Prop 51” video with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been running on Univision.com to engage our Spanish speaking audience.
Let’s continue to urge our contacts to vote Yes on 51 to repair and upgrade older schools, keeping the promise of a quality education in California. Please continue to show your support by sharing a link to Mayor Villaraigosa’s video and using our hashtag, #YesOn51.