Californians for Quality Schools has announced that the Secretary of State has determined that its school facilities bond initiative secured the necessary signatures to qualify and be placed on the 2016 November general election ballot.

In January 2015, Californians for Quality Schools submitted ballot initiative language with the state’s Attorney General’s office to begin collecting signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The initiative language retains the successful current funding partnership between the state and local entities, ensuring that local school officials retain control over how dollars are spent in their communities. If passed by voters, the measure would provide $9 billion in bonding authority to fund upgrades to aging facilities to meet current health and safety standards, build new facilities, or invest in community colleges and job training programs to keep quality post-secondary education affordable for middle-class families and returning veterans. The full text of the initiative can be found here.

“For nearly two decades, this highly successful funding program has provided new and updated schools for kids and provided jobs for thousands of Californians,” said Eileen Reynolds, 2015 Chair of the California Building Industry Association. “There is a projected future school construction funding need of more than $20 billion, and without matching state dollars many of these critical school projects will not move forward. This bond will go a long way to ensure school districts have the necessary resources to create the best learning environments for students.”

Click here for more information and additional background on the School Bond effort.

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