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Haas Program Helps Local Entrepreneurs Get on Track

State Bond Measure to Benefit Local Schools

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UC/City Plan Southside Renewal

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State Bond Measure to Benefit Local Schools

California public schools and higher education have billions of dollars at stake on Nov. 3. Last month, the state legislature placed a $9.2 billion facilities bond on the supplemental ballot -- Proposition 1A -- the largest state bond ever for California's schools.

Of the total dollars, $6.7 billion is allocated to K&endash;12 public schools, and $2.5 billion for state universities and community colleges. At UC Berkeley, bond money will fund seismic improvements at Wurster, Barker, and LeConte halls and deferred maintenance of the campus water and sewer systems.

Local school districts will benefit from bond money earmarked for class size reduction and matching funds for renovation projects.

The Berkeley Unified School District, according to public information officer Karen Sarlo, stands to gain as much as $5 million. The Oakland Unified School District currently has projects on hold at 23 schools because of a lack of funding. "We have a laundry list of things to do if Proposition 1A passes," said Sue Piper, spokesperson for the school district. .




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