Money raised would pay for entirely new schools, as well as new classrooms, improved campus water systems, career-technical education labs, and bringing older classrooms into the digital age.
A homeowner or renter does not want to live in worn-out or crowded housing, so the same value should apply to schools, where children and teachers spend the bulk of their day. Even if a voter does not have school-age children at home anymore, the investment is a benefit to the overall community.
Bonds are the main way a local district can raise funds to build and renovate schools. In this case, the money can be used to match funding from the state if Proposition 13 passes.
The Bee's Editorial Board recommends voters support school bonds in Fresno, Clovis, Parlier, Easton and Kingsburg.
How it breaks down
Here is a quick look at how the three largest districts -- Fresno, Clovis and Central -- plan to use bond money:
-- Fresno Unified: The district wants to sell
Property owners in Fresno now pay
Fresno Unified is the state's fourth-largest district, with more than 70,000 students. More than two-thirds of its schools were built before 1970.
-- Clovis Unified: At
The new bond issue, on the ballot as Measure A, will cost property owners
-- Central Unified:
Measure C will provide the district on Fresno's westside with
If the measure passes, property owners will see their taxes raise from
Paying higher taxes is no one's idea of fun. But denying schools funding for facility needs is not a smart idea. If local students are to be competitive for college or the job market, they need the best learning experiences they can have, including schools able to accommodate advanced technology and which are comfortable (meaning cool in August, warm in January). Many local campuses are old and getting older, and putting off renovations is just delaying the inevitable.
Helping K-12 students learn and perform better means improving their chances of getting into higher education. The bulk of
Much talk is being paid at the state level -- including Gov.
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