Tag Archives: Proposition 39

Assistance from the Governor’s Office for CASH Members Who Have Not Yet Submitted Their EEPs

January 30, 2017

The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research (OPR) may be reaching out to you if you have not yet submitted an energy expenditure plans (EEP) under the Proposition 39 program.  As you know the final deadline for submitting an EEP under the five-year program is August 1, 2017.  The Governor’s Office wants to encourage and assist schools that have not yet submitted their plans for funding approval.  This outreach to CASH and School Energy Coalition (SEC) members are the result of SEC meetings with the Governor’s Office to assist LEAs – especially smaller schools and charters – that may be having difficulty moving forward to access funding and we appreciate their interest and outreach. find out more about SEC’s advocacy efforts at our upcoming meeting during the CASH Annual Conference at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, February 20, 2017, in Room 315 of the Sacramento Convention Center. You do not have to be a SEC member to attend. See you there!

~ CASH Staff

State Budget 2017-18 Update: Governor Addresses Proposition 51 Implementation

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.

K-12 School Facilities

“The recently approved Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016 (Proposition 51) authorizes $7 billion in state general obligation bonds for K‑12 schools to be allocated through the current School Facilities Program in place as of January 1, 2015. As the State Allocation Board and the Office of Public School Construction begin to consider allocation of Proposition 51 resources, it is important to address some of the shortcomings within the existing program that were recently documented in the audit findings issued by the Office of State Audits and Evaluations in a 2016 audit of Proposition 1D School Facilities Program expenditures. In that audit, it was determined that 1,533 projects representing over $3 billion in Proposition 1D funds have been completed without ensuring the bond funds were appropriately expended. The audit found instances in which school districts inappropriately used school facilities bond funding to purchase vehicles, tractors, tablets, golf carts, mascot uniforms, and custodial/ cleaning supplies. To ensure appropriate usage of all School Facilities Program bond funds and effective program accountability and oversight, the Administration will work with the State Allocation Board and the Office of Public School Construction to revise policies and regulations to implement front‑end grant agreements that define basic terms, conditions, and accountability measures for participants that request funding through the School Facilities Program.

To complement this front‑end accountability, the Administration will introduce legislation requiring facility bond expenditures to be included in the annual K‑12 Audit Guide. Independent auditors will verify that local educational agencies participating in the School Facilities Program have appropriately expended state resources.

Once these measures are in place to verify that taxpayers’ dollars are appropriately used, the Administration will support the expenditure of Proposition 51 funds.”

~ CASH Staff

CASH and SEC Presenting at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition

October 11, 2016

Since its inception, CASH has partnered with the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition to help provide workshops on pertinent green school facility funding issues. This year, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the School Energy Coalition (SEC) to provide two excellent workshops with panels of green school facility experts.

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Facility Planners Meeting Update – August 2016

August 1, 2016

The CASH Facility Planners Meeting Update for August 2016 is now available and includes information regarding:

  • Proposition 51 – State School Bond
  • Office of Public School Construction Stakeholder Meeting on Definition of Historical Buildings
  • California Energy Commission New Proposition 39 Guidelines
  • Legislative Update
  • New Members
  • Networking Mixer Scheduled for August 25, 2016, in Sacramento

Click here to download the Update.

To download the list of Prop. 51 school board resolutions received, as referenced in the Update, click here.

~CASH Staff

State Allocation Board Meeting Minutes (May 2016)

May 31, 2016

By Rebekah Cearley

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3The next State Allocation Board (SAB) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2016. For a PDF copy of the May 2016 SAB meeting minutes, please click here. 

Governor Releases 2016-17 May Revision

May 13, 2016

By Ian Padilla

CASH_Logo_Web_Proof3On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Governor released his  2016-17 May Revision.  We are currently reviewing the details concerning school facilities.  In the press conference, the Governor was asked if he opposed the State School Bond, Governor Brown stated that he did not support or oppose the measure, and could deal with its costs if it was approved.  This is consistent with his January 2016 statements concerning his position on the State School Bond.

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Facility Planners Meeting Update – February 2016

February 2, 2016

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of
2016
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
statewide General Election ballot. C.A.S.H. will proceed with its State School Bond on the
General Election ballot in November 2016. Continue reading

State Budget 2016-17: No School Bond or New School Facilities Proposal

January 7, 2015

State Budget 2016-17: No School Bond or New School Facilities Proposal

Today, the Governor released his 2016-17 State Budget, which does not include a proposal for a school bond, and which restates his previous proposals on K-12 school facilities that were included in his last three State Budgets. The Governor also references the Californians for Quality Schools (CQS) initiative, objecting to the fact that it does not make changes to the existing School Facility Program (SFP), and that it would add an additional $500 million in General Fund debt service; however, when asked directly if he supported the CQS initiative in his press conference, he stopped short of opposing it. Continue reading

Facility Planners Meeting – December 2015

December 4, 2015

Kindergarten through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016

Now that the State School Bond has qualified for the November 2016 General Election ballot, we have begun organizing the campaign to pass the State School Bond and provide $7 billion in state matching funds for K-12 facility projects and $2 billion for community college facility projects. Continue reading

C.A.S.H. Presenting at the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Exposition – October 29-30

October 9, 2015

Since its inception, C.A.S.H. has partnered with the Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit & Exposition to help provide workshops on pertinent green school facility funding issues. This year, we are pleased to announce our partnership with the School Energy Coalition (SEC) to provide two excellent workshops with panels of green school facility experts, as follows: Continue reading