School Infrastructure in California and the Need for a State School Bond

This video presentation created by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and produced by National Ed Online, introduces four school leaders who discuss and offer compelling observations as to the condition of our aging K-12 school infrastructure in California. The educators focus attention upon the need for a state school construction bond as we begin to implement the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Common Core standards. The depletion of the state’s School Facility Program (SFP) bond funding is discussed, as are the sources and availability of local matching funds including local general obligation bonds. A key part of the dialogue among the four educators is the diversity of wealth as related to assessed property values in the 1,000 school districts in the state and the inability of many schools districts to meet the capital needs of students through voter approved local bonds due to constraints imposed by state law.

The educator-leaders in the video represent Southern California, the Central Valley, the Sacramento Region and the Bay Area. They include:
Joe Dixon, Assistant Superintendent, Santa Ana Unified School District
Jenny Hannah, Chief Facilities Officer, Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Cathy Allen, Assistant Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
Timothy White, Associate Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District