School Facility Modernization and New Building

RESOLUTION 15-05.13

School Facility Modernization and New Building

WHEREAS, the California Department of Education estimates that about 70% of classrooms in the state are more than 25 years old, about 30% of them are at least 50 years old, and about 10% are at least 70 years old, and the 2015 5-year plan estimates that California's population is expected to grow to 50 million people by 2050; and

WHEREAS, over a million California students predominantly from low-income families and of color attend severely overcrowded schools and many schools still have dial-up and students do not have access to technology such as wifi to help bridge the digital gap; and

WHEREAS, many districts have local bond money to modernize or build new schools but it is not sufficient, and they need help from the state to build more classrooms as identified by a UC Berkeley study which found that $117 billion is needed over the next decade to deal with the facility infrastructure of schools in California;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party supports efforts to increase state assistance for construction and modernization to local schools, community colleges, California State Universities, and the University of California; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that state assistance for education facilities creates quality construction jobs that pay prevailing wages and that the California Democratic Party encourages the use of Project Labor Agreements to ensure the maximum benefit to taxpayers and the communities where these projects are located.

Sponsored by Women and Seniors Democratic Club

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its Summer/Fall 2015 E-board Meeting
Hyatt Regency
August 16, 2015



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