Assembly Bill 48 Will Provide Funds to Ensure Schools are Safe and Updated
(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has introduced Assembly Bill 48 to place a K-12 and community colleges school facilities bond on both the 2020 and 2022 ballots.
“The state has a responsibility to ensure that students are housed in safe facilities that meet educational needs. AB 48 will continue the state’s partnership with local school and community college districts by providing state matching funds for construction,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “As a teacher, I know firsthand that the conditions of our schools affect student health, performance and motivation.”
The last school bond, Proposition 51, was passed by voters in November 2016. Funds for the construction of new K-12 schools from Proposition 51 are already exhausted. Funds for the rehabilitation of K-12 schools and vocational/career technical education facilities are anticipated to be exhausted by mid-next year.
“California’s skills gap is widening,” said Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo), a co-author of the bill. “While we have been successful in securing permanent funding to start new Career Technical Education programs, our schools still need dedicated funding to build state-of-the-art technical facilities. Our students deserve and need the funding in this bill to get them ready for a 21st Century economy.”
Researchers estimate the need for school facilities construction and modernization at more than $100 billion over the next decade.
The bill is pending referral to appropriate policy committees.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.
CONTACT: Sophia Kwong Kim, (916) 319-2070