By practically any measure, California shortchanges its schools. Classes are too large, the school year is too short and demoralizing cutbacks are an annual exercise.
One exception is facilities, a spending category controlled by voters rather than state legislators.
In Sonoma County and around the state, voters routinely authorize bonds to build new schools and maintain existing facilities. In 2010, despite a recession, 58 of 77 school bond measures passed.
On June 5, bond acts will be on the ballot in five local school districts:
; Measure E: $35 million for secondary schools in Healdsburg.
; Measure F: $6 million for the Guerneville School District.
; Measure G: $26 million for Petaluma's Old Adobe Union School District.
; Measure H: $9 million for the Sebastopol Union School District.
; Measure I: $14 million for the Wright School District in Santa Rosa.
Each of the measures authorizes an almost identical list of projects: solar panels and energy-efficient windows, classroom technology, roof repairs, upgrading libraries, labs, playgrounds and multipurpose rooms. Each district will pick specific projects after the election.