Can California K-12 school districts provide healthy, safe and educationally modern facilities that promote student achievement with no state funding? Or does state support and involvement in local school facilities need a remodeling of its own?
Evidence on both is clear: Low-wealth and high-need school districts can't do it without state assistance. And the state's K-12 School Facility Program needs an overhaul.
Gov. Jerry Brown seems to agree. In his recent budget message, he signaled he wants fundamental changes. He has noted the inherent unfairness of the state's competitive "first-in, first-out" funding approach that favors large, wealthier school districts with the staffing to assemble the complicated facility project funding requests.