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Update on June School Bond Alternative from Jeff Frost

I received an email from the staff of Senate leader Kevin De Leon indicating that the Legislature would not be moving forward with any legislation that would authorize a June school bond alternative.  This notification is consistent with the information I had been hearing from a number of sources, including the CBIA that the negotiations between the Department of Finance and the CBIA and CASH were not leading to an agreement.  It was clear that the two sides were way to far apart for a deal to be struck.  It was also becoming clear that there were a number of legislators that were concerned about the impacts on their local districts of the new state school building program reforms that would limit the state share of projects to one-third and would revise the eligibility formula in a manner that many districts would be unable to qualify for the amount of funding needed to meet with student housing needs. As a result, there will be no June alternative and the CBIA and CASH will be moving forward on their $9 billion November school bond.  They are mounting a full campaign and seeking supporters for the November bond.


The Joint Legislative Action Committee's (JLAC)

Next meeting is scheduled for March 9, 2016 at the Marin County Office of Education. 


Morgan Hill Litigation - Release of Student Information

The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently involved in a lawsuit in which the court ordered CDE to produce confidential student information related to all students who have attended a California school since January 1, 2008.