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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #14-32
April 7, 2014
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 [http://www.dgs.ca.gov/opsc/AboutUs/sab.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab. (SAB) today disbursed more than $372 million to be used for 105 school construction and modernization projects across 43 school districts, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.

"These additional resources can go a long way toward creating facilities that meet today's needs and, in the process, help our schools save money and put Californians to work," Torlakson said. "Our students deserve every opportunity to learn in schools that are designed for the 21st century."

Torlakson's Schools of the Future Initiative (PDF; 1MB) outlined his approach to "21st century learning," including the construction and modernization of school facilities, utilization of new technology, energy efficiency, and facilities for science and career technology education.

The SAB, of which Torlakson is a member, meets monthly to allocate 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/2014-04/April_7_2014_Agenda.pdf] External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) click on the "Consent" tab, and see page 9.

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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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