School Facilities Bond Measure Stalls in Legislature
The reports are heart-rending. Classrooms that are
super-hot in the spring and summer and freezing in the winter. Computers
and other materials ruined because of leaky roofs. Students crowded into
classrooms and temporary structures because there aren’t enough classrooms to
These anecdotal reports put faces on the issue – schools are
facing a backlog of repairs and classroom construction on the order of $21
Lawmakers have not passed a bill that would have started to
address these needs. Now, they will go unmet for another year.
The education community has been backing AB 2235, a measure by Assembly Education Chair
Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), which would have given voters the chance to approve
billions of dollars desperately needed by K-University public schools to build
new classrooms and repair old ones.
Lawmakers could not muster enough votes to move the bill
from the Senate’s “inactive file.” As of Friday, when the legislature
adjourns for the year, the bill will be officially “dead.” Count on CTA
and its education allies to try again next legislative year.