CASH is asking the Legislature to increase the size of FY 2018-19 State school bond sales to $3 billion.
We need all CASH members to contact their State Assembly Member and State Senator and request they increase the 2018-19 Proposition 51 bond sales to fund $3.0 billion in school facility projects awaiting action by the State Allocation Board. To find your State Assembly Member and State Senator, please click here.
The Governor is proposing to sell $640 million in state school bonds for School Facility Program projects funded between July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, (i.e. FY 2018-19). This amount is inadequate to meet the needs of school districts and county offices of education, which have submitted projects worth over $3.2 billion to the Office of Public School Construction (OPSC).
In response to the lack of state funding for school facilities, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) has qualified a State School Bond for the November 2016 ballot. The initiative provides $9 billion for New Construction ($3 billion) and Modernization ($3 billion) projects, as well as Career Technical Education ($500 million), Charter Schools ($500 million), and Community Colleges ($2 billion). The initiative also preserves the School Facility Program (SFP) under Chapter 12.5 of the Education Code. C.A.S.H. has taken this significant action because we believe the California Constitution requires the state to be a partner in school construction and renovation to ensure that schools are, “…safe, secure and peaceful” (Article IX Section 5 and Article 1 Section 28). C.A.S.H. believes that California’s children are worth the investment. Continue reading →
Today the Governor released the May Revision budget update. His budget estimates an additional $2.4 billion in revenues from 2012-13 through 2014-15. This increases the Proposition 98 minimum guarantee by $659 million.
The Governor continues to prioritize fiscal restraint and addressing long-term debts. As such, the May Revision is silent on the possibility of a new statewide bond on the November ballot. It also does not include any modifications or additional comments on the school facilities proposals made in the January budget: $188.1 million for the Emergency Repair Program, and the transfer of $211 million in remaining bond authority from four specialized programs to the main New Construction and Modernization programs. Continue reading →
Present: Assembly Member Joan Buchanan (Chair), Assembly Member Curt Hagman, Esteban Almanza (DGS), Cesar Diaz
Absent: Kathleen Moore (CDE)
The SAB Program Review Subcommittee met on October 24, 2013 to confirm its position on a number of previously-discussed items. They are now focused on honing their policy recommendations for a future program, in anticipation of presenting them to the full State Allocation Board in January.
Loading & Counting Classrooms, Modernization, and Consolidating Special Programs
September 5, 2013
The SAB Program Review Subcommittee met to discuss a number of issues, including: loading and counting classrooms, the Modernization program, and consolidating funding sources for special programs. More work will be required on each of these items. Members of the C.A.S.H. leadership provided public comment on each of these items. Continue reading →