Assembly Majority Leader Holden Moves Measure to Repair California’s Deteriorating School Buildings

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) today introduced Assembly Bill 148 to offer an alternative solution to school construction funding in both K- 12 grades and community colleges.

“California schools are in terrible shape and lack the funds to make necessary repairs. Toilets are clogged, roofs leak, and students swelter in hot classrooms. The Governor’s budget proposal does not provide a sustainable solution for our children. AB 148 will begin discussions about the future of school financing, which may include both bond financing or tax financing, and also streamline the state facilities program, currently a burdensome layer of bureaucracy,” said Assemblymember Holden.

“The time to modernize and build our school facilities is now while the economy is in good shape. Without repairing and updating our schools, we are leaving our children in unsafe classrooms that jeopardize their futures,” added Holden. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature to adopt a sustainable school facilities plan that improves learning and teaching conditions in California’s public schools.  Let’s get the job done.”