State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the California Department of Education (CDE) is offering a new “Small School District Assistance Initiative” to help small and rural school districts apply for state school bond funds.
California voters in November 2016 approved Proposition 51, which will provide $9 billion in state school bond funds for construction and modernization.
Prop. 51 is the latest in a series of state school bonds approved since 1998, but about 100 of the state’s 1,025 public school districts have never applied for bond funding. Small and rural districts often don’t have the staff or resources available to apply, even if they need to build new schools or upgrade aging school buildings, Torlakson said.
“We want to get small and rural schools in line for Prop. 51 funding and build modern school facilities that will help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said.