Op-Ed: Upcoming school-bond measure is good for students and the state’s economy

On December 31, 2019, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed from Dick Ackerman and Mel Levine, co-chairs of the California Coalition for Public Higher Education, titled, “Upcoming school-bond measure is good for students and the state’s economy.” Here’s an excerpt:

Across the state, millions of younger students attend classes in rundown, obsolete, unsafe and unhealthy facilities that pose obstacles to their learning and their well-being. On March 3, California voters will have an opportunity to invest in their state’s economy and our young people’s health and safety by approving Prop. 13, the California Public Preschool, Kindergarten-12 and College Health and Safety Bond.

While the secretary of state assigned this measure the same number as one of California’s best-known tax initiatives, the 2020 version of Prop. 13 is an investment in our future. It is the strongest statewide school bond measure in California history, providing $15 billion to make educational facilities safe for students by placing a priority on fixing fire, earthquake and other life safety issues.

This important bond measure won nearly unanimous bipartisan support in the state Legislature and has continued to draw bipartisan support, including from our organization of California public higher education system alumni. The proposition also has the support of a broad-based coalition of teachers, doctors, nurses, firefighters and military veterans.

Prop.13 would provide $6 billion to California’s public higher education system, divided equally among community colleges, University of California and California State University systems.

Read the complete op-ed on the San Francisco Chronicle’s website.


Paid for by Yes on Proposition 13 – California Coalition for Public Higher Education.  Committee major funding from: UC Berkeley Foundation, Southern California Partnership for Jobs (nonprofit 501(c)(6)), and UC Santa Barbara Foundation.