Statement in Support of March 3rd Ballot Proposition: Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health & Safety Bond of 2020

Proposition 13 is a critical measure that directs funding generated by a new bond to schools, colleges, and universities.

Proposition 13 would allocate $2 billion each to the UC, CSU and California Community Colleges to support their facility needs, as well as $9 billion towards K-12 schools. Each dollar that higher education systems spend from their general operating budgets for facility needs means one less dollar to support increasing enrollment, investing in financial aid for low-income students, or expanding services to help students successfully graduate.

Our state’s colleges and universities have reported significant financial need for the maintenance of their facilities. At the University of California (UC), deferred maintenance needs have compounded into a backlog estimated to cost $3.2 – $5 billion, with another $3.7 billion estimated from the California State University (CSU); across the community colleges deferred maintenance costs reach $200 million annually.

Proposition 13 would also ensure that public universities take more proactive steps in creating more affordable housing for students. The measure requires the UC and CSU to develop five-year affordable student housing plans for each of their campuses. Read more