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Upcoming Webinar May 11, 2015: Healthy Cleaning Best Practices for Schools

Attend a joint webinar from the California Department of Education, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) featuring a review of the recent CDPH publication "Healthy Cleaning and Asthma-Safer Schools" (October 2014). Learn about asthma-safer products and practices, and how green cleaning supports good indoor environmental quality and the Three Pillars of California Green Ribbon Schools. Visit CASBO's Web page for more event information External link opens in new window or tab. .

California STEM Symposium October 28-30, 2015 - Call for School Facilities Presenters, Vendors, and Participants

The Third Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Symposium will be held October 28-30, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The symposium is hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Education.

School facilities and education professionals are encouraged to present new and/or modernized STEM school facilities and learning environments. Prospective presenters may consider sharing school designs that enhance one or more STEM topics, including but not limited to, technology and infrastructure upgrades, career technical education schools, and partnerships with schools and districts that have designed or modified facilities to support STEM learning.

To be guaranteed inclusion in the selection process, presenters must submit proposals on line External link opens in new window or tab. no later than Monday, June 15, 2015.

Designing for the Common Core

A PowerPoint presentation (PPT) that provides an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.
Accessible version of the PowerPoint presentation that provides an overview of Common Core and examples of how districts have adapted their facilities to support common core.

Qualified Zone Academy Bond Re-authorized

The Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program has been re-authorized. Internal Revenue Service Bulletin: 2015-8, Notice 2015-11 External link opens in new window or tab. sets forth the maximum face amount of QZABs that may be issued for each State. California has been allocated $50,069,000. Applications are received on a continual basis and may be downloaded from the California Department of Education's QZAB Website.

2014-15 Guide for Annual Audits of K-12 Local Educational Agencies and State Compliance Reporting

The Education Audit Appeals Panel (EAAP) recently completed work on the emergency regulations for the 2014-15 Guide for Annual Audits of K-12 Local Educational Agencies and State Compliance Reporting. The proposed final regulations may be found on EAAP's Website External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). These guidelines will be effective July 1, 2014. These regulations include new and expanded audit procedures for the K-3 grade span adjustment, verifying unduplicated student counts used for the Local Control Funding Formula apportionment, Local Control and Accountability Plan expenditures, Common Core State Standards implementation funds, and Proposition 39 California Clean Energy expenditures.

Follow California Green Ribbon Schools on Social Media

The School Facilities and Transportation Services Division (SFTSD) is pleased to announce the launch of Facebook External link opens in new window or tab. and Twitter External link opens in new window or tab. pages for California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s initiative recognizing excellence in sustainability education, health, and environmental stewardship. The CA-GRS program mirrors the federal recognition administered in California by the SFTSD.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service - Community Facilities Loans and Grants

The Community Facilities Loans and Grants External link opens in new window or tab. programs support the success of rural communities (up to 20,000 residents) by providing loans and grants for the construction, acquisition, or renovation of community facilities or for the purchase of equipment for community projects. These facilities can improve access to high-quality and affordable local foods. Sponsors in rural areas and towns should consider applying for this unique opportunity to upgrade their community's child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve their students' access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products. These program funds can be used to improve public buildings, such as school food service facilities, Head Start centers, pre-schools, adult day care centers, child day care centers, and food preparation centers.

Energy Efficiency Financing

The Energy Commission is now accepting loan applications External link opens in new window or tab. on a first-come, first-serviced basis for eligible energy projects from all eligible entities (including public schools). These 3% interest rate loans are available for projects with proven energy and/or capacity savings, provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Examples of projects include: lighting systems, pumps and motors, streetlights and LED traffic signals, automated energy management systems/controls, building insulation, energy generation including renewable and combined heat and power projects, heating and air conditioning modifications, and waste water treatment equipment. Energy efficiency projects must be technically and economically feasible.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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