Proposition 1D, the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. The bond will pay for new and upgraded facilities and equipment for California’s K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.
The measure will authorize the sale of a total of $10.4 billion in general obligation bonds providing approximately $3 billion for higher education and $7.3 billion for K-12 school districts. The California State University System will receive $690 million, of which CSULB will receive more than $88.7 million.
CSULB’s share of funds will include the largest single project in the CSU system included in this bond—nearly $82.7 million to replace Peterson Hall 3, a science building completed in 1962 that now is considered functionally obsolete. The new science building will provide students and faculty with a modern facility that also will accommodate enrollment growth. The university also would receive $2 million for a Nursing Building addition to help meet the state’s critical nursing shortage, nearly $3.6 million for other campus safety and modernization renovations and $478,000 for equipment in the University Library, now under renovation.
The majority of California public education construction projects and major instructional equipment purchases are funded through the sale of bonds that must be approved by voters. Previous state education bonds, including Proposition 55 in 2004 and Proposition 47 in 2002, provided new facilities to accommodate growth; upgraded old facilities, including seismic retrofitting and wiring for high-tech networks; as well as funded new instructional equipment.
Building plans for the Peterson Hall 3 replacement building were provided by Proposition 55, while approximately $22.8 million from Proposition 47 was designated for campus renovations and equipment.
While there is no organized opposition at this time, some have voiced concern about the cost of the bond for the state, the variety of new programs funded, and the fact that it is designed to fund only two years of need.
Proponents argue that it is a fiscally responsible way to finance school repair and construction, makes schools earthquake safe, and it does not bite off more than the state can afford now.
For more information about the bond as well as arguments for and against the measure, visit www.ss.ca.gov/elections, click on the “Voter Information Guide” button and scroll down to “Prop 1-D.”