Another school funding issue that needs support

08/05/2014 7:08 AM

08/07/2014 11:23 AM

Re "Supporters make case for California school bond" (SacBee.com, Aug. 4): In Monday's Capitol Alert, you covered the legislative push for the proposed school bond that has unlikely odds of earning Gov. Brown's support. Meanwhile, another important school-related funding bill with bipartisan legislative support isn't likely to earn Governor Brown's signature: SB 1151 - Safer School Zones.

School districts have a slew of new demands this year under the Local Control Funding Formula and have been short on facility funding for many years. They lack capacity and resources to ensure kids can travel safely to school and provide adequate physical activity opportunities during the school day to keep students healthy. One solution is SB 1151, which raises modest revenue for safety improvements on streets around schools to enable students to walk and bike to school without endangering their lives.

The bill is headed for unanimous passage in the Legislature and just needs the governor's support.

-- Jeanie Ward-Waller, Sacramento

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