As California schools wait for state bond money, districts fume at sluggish payouts

It’s been two years since voters passed a $9 billion bond to renovate and modernize the state’s public schools and community colleges, yet classrooms across California are still waiting for the vast majority of that money.

Less than 20 percent of the $7 billion in the Proposition 51 bond for the state’s K-12 schools has been allocated, despite a $3.5 billion backlog of construction projects waiting for funding.

In San Francisco alone, there are 17 schools in line for $62 million from the state bond, which is used by districts to supplement local bonds and other funding for facilities.

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