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State Allocation Board Defers Action on Proposal to Cease Accepting Applications Once Bond Authority Has Been Exhausted

June 29, 2018

On June 28, the State Allocation Board (Board) deferred action on a proposed regulation to cease accepting applications once bond authority has been exhausted. Approval of this proposal would essentially eliminate the School Facility Program (SFP) for projects outside of Proposition 51 bond authority. New Construction Proposition 51 bond authority is expected to be exhausted by October 2018, and Modernization bond authority is expected to be exhausted by September 2019.

California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) urged the Board to defer action and to thoroughly vet the proposal and its significant impacts. Chair Jacqueline Wong-Hernandez stated that she would like the proposal to come back before the Board in August 2018, and indicated that she intends to involve stakeholders in the review process.

CASH thanked members of the organization, and urged members who wrote or called legislators, and those who attended the Board meeting to request the deferral, and urged members and the school community to participate in the discussion over the next few months. CASH will be calling on our members to directly engage in efforts to preserve the School Facilities Program.

Source: Coalition for Adequate School Housing

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