$15 Billion School Construction Bond Headed for March 2020 Ballot

California voters will have a chance to vote for the largest school construction bond in state history next year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 48 on Monday. Introduced by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell and Senator Steven Glazer, AB 48 will place a $15 billion bond for preschool, K-12, and college facility improvements on the March ballot.

“This is a historic down payment for safer and healthier school buildings across every level of education, and something that will tangibly benefit millions of Californians for generations to come,” said Governor Newsom at Ethel I. Baker Elementary School in Sacramento, where he signed the bill. “Safe school buildings are critical for all our students. California voters now have the power to equitably fund school construction projects and help ensure that young Californians can go to school in a safe building.”

Mold, lead removal, and earthquake retrofitting will take priority. Schools will receive funding based on need. The bill also requires audits and other controls to increase accountability.