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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-104
October 14, 2013
Contact: Giorgos Kazanis
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Funding
For School Construction and Modernization Projects

SACRAMENTO—The State Allocation Board (SAB) [http://www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/AboutUs/sab.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab. today disbursed $285 million for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools throughout the state for new construction and modernization projects, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

"These funds help support our districts with additional resources to revamp or construct new schools," Torlakson said. "We can't expect our children to prepare for the challenges of the 21st century when they work and study in facilities from the past."

The construction and modernization of school facilities, utilization of new technology, energy efficiency, and facilities for science and career technology education are recognized in Torlakson's Schools of the Future Initiative (PDF; 1MB) as among fundamental elements for achieving "21st century learning."

The SAB convenes monthly to distribute state matching funds for the construction of new classrooms, the modernization of existing schools, and other programs to improve learning environments, and adopts policies and regulations regarding SAB programs. The funds allocated by the SAB are from voter-approved general obligation bonds that cannot be used for school operational expenses.

For the complete list of allocations, go to the State Allocation Board's online agenda [http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/SAB_Agenda_Items/2013-10/October_14_2013_Agenda.pdf] External link opens in new window or tab..

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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