Proposition 51

School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statute.

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Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities. Fiscal Impact: State costs of about $17.6 billion to pay off both the principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on the bonds. Payments of about $500 million per year for 35 years.

Semi-Official Election Results:

Yes votes: 4,647,461 [54.0%]

No votes: 3,964,193 [46.0%]






Proponents believe Proposition 51 will maintain and upgrade school facilities as required by the School Facilities Act of 1998. They believe the measure will bring new jobs, provide job training, and encourage education through the construction of charter schools and community colleges.

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Opponents claim that Proposition 51 will create bond debt that the state cannot afford. They believe that local school bond measures are better than state bonds because local communities can control spending. They also claim that the measure would give wealthier school districts a better chance of applying for and receiving funds.

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Video Voter - A Guide to California’s Ballot Measures. Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College

Building Pressure: Modeling the Fiscal Future of California School Facilities. Center for Cities + Schools, UC Berkeley, Sept. 2016.

Proposition 51: Should California Voters Approve Bonds to Pay for School Facilities? California Budget & Policy Center, Oct. 2016.

Project for an Informed Electorate Initiative Explainer videos California State University, Sacramento, Oct. 2016

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KQED Props in a Minute: Prop 51 - School Bonds
KQED Props in a Minute: Prop 51 - School Bonds
Project for an Informed Electorate - Prop 51
Project for an Informed Electorate - Prop 51
Claremont McKenna College Video Voter - Prop. 51: School Bond
Claremont McKenna College Video Voter - Prop. 51: School Bond
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