The State of California is spending $9.2 billion in state school
bond funds to modernize and build new schools to begin addressing
an estimated $40 billion in statewide school infrastructure needs.
At the same time, billions of dollars have been authorized by
the voters for investment in parks, libraries, and local school
bonds throughout the state.
Nevertheless, urban school districts continue to have difficulty
accessing the necessary resources to build new schools. Many districts
have been unable to meet the 2/3 majority voter approval requirement
for passage of local school bonds. Meanwhile, state school construction
funds are based on a "first come, first served" allocation
system in which those school districts who submit their applications
first - regardless of need - receive priority.
This section provides an insight to various efforts to provide
greater accessibility to bond funding.