Guv Browns’ recent budget includes over $1.2 billion to implement Common Core. A recent study shows that $12.5 billion is spent yearly on illegal aliens. The budget also takes $5 billion from the classroom, technology, textbooks and facilities to pay for the unsustainable CalSTRS system. In 2012 the voters passed Prop. 30 to give government schools $6 billion a year for seven years. Even with all that, it is never enough for government schools.
Democrat Assemblywoman wants to put on the November ballot a $9 billion bond measure (actual cost is $128 billion, when you include interest). Between pension slush funds to hide corruption and incompetence, Common Core and illegal aliens, California government schools already have more than enough money to fail our children education needs. At what point will the parents and taxpayers of California demand excellence, not unions, as the ruling ideology of schools. Angry yet?
Bi-Partisan School Bond Bill Clears Assembly Floor
Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, 5/29/14
Assembly Bill 2235 by Assemblymembers Joan Buchanan (D- Alamo) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) to place a school facilities bond on the November 4, 2014 ballot was approved 75-0 on the Assembly Floor yesterday. The bill authorizes a $9 billion general obligation bond that, if approved by voters, will provide $6 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of K-12 schools and $3 billion for higher education facilities.
“The last bond passed in 2006. Funds for the construction and modernization of K-12 and higher education institutions have been depleted for several years, jeopardizing the completion of many local projects. Passing a state bond will ensure that students attend safe and adequate facilities, positively impacting student achievement,” said Buchanan.
State bond funds for K-12 school facilities are administered through the School Facility Program, which requires a 50% local match for construction of new schools and 40% match for the modernization of schools. State bond funds are matched more than 2 to 1 by local bond funds and developer fees. Local communities pass local bonds anticipating the state match.
Assemblymember Curt Hagman added, “I spent a year reviewing the school facilities program, and it has proven to be one of the state’s most successful partnerships. I am pleased that both parties recognize the critical need for a new bond to build and modernize educational facilities. The bond also has the added benefit of aiding our economic recovery by creating tens of thousands of jobs and controlling the once volatile costs imposed on the construction of new residential units to fund school construction.”
The bill has a long list of supporters, including statewide organizations such as the California Chamber of Commerce, the State Building and Construction Trades Council, the California School Boards Association, the California State PTA, the California Building Industry Association, as well as over 30 school districts and county offices of education and over 25 community colleges and districts.
The bill now moves to the California State Senate.
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