$15 billion California school bond headed for March ballot with Newsom’s signature

Saying he hoped voters will “get this thing passed by historic numbers,” Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday that will place a $15 billion construction bond covering pre-K through higher education facilities on the March 2020 state ballot.

“The goal is self-evident. You improve the conditions, you ultimately improve the quality of the educational experience,” Newsom said in a signing ceremony at Ethel I. Baker Elementary, a low-income school in Sacramento. “Success in education is synergistic with the environment.”

The bond — the largest state school bond to date in California ­— will include $6 billion for higher education, split evenly among community colleges, California State University and the University of California. An additional $9 billion will go to K-12 schools. For the first time, districts will be eligible for matching dollars for preschool facilities they build or renovate. Districts whose facilities have lead in drinking water, have other pressing health and safety issues or need seismic repairs will get priority for the money, he said. Click here to read more: https://edsource.org/2019/15-billion-california-school-bond-headed-for-march-ballot-with-newsoms-signature/618256