Report 2021-115 Recommendations

When an audit is completed and a report is issued, auditees must provide the State Auditor with information regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year. Additionally, Senate Bill 1452 (Chapter 452, Statutes of 2006), requires auditees who have not implemented recommendations after one year, to report to us and to the Legislature why they have not implemented them or to state when they intend to implement them. Below, is a listing of each recommendation the State Auditor made in the report referenced and a link to the most recent response from the auditee addressing their progress in implementing the recommendation and the State Auditor's assessment of auditee's response based on our review of the supporting documentation.

Recommendations in Report 2021-115: School Facilities Program: California Needs Additional Funding and a More Equitable Approach for Modernizing Its School Facilities (Release Date: January 2022)

Recommendations to Legislature
Number Recommendation Status

To meet school districts' anticipated requests for modernization funds, the Legislature should seek voter approval of at least $7.4 billion in bond authority for the modernization of school facilities.

Legislation Introduced

To better ensure that the Allocation Board provides equitable funding for all districts that apply for modernization funds, the Legislature should require that the funds in future bond propositions be administered in the following manner:

Require the Allocation Board to prioritize funding to projects that fit at least one of the following criteria.
-Projects from districts meeting the financial hardship criteria.
-Projects from districts in low-income areas.
-Projects that address an imminent threat to the health and safety of students.

Allow the Allocation Board to make preliminary apportionments to all districts requesting modernization funding that meet the financial hardship criteria.

Legislation Introduced

To ensure that it receives information about future demands for modernization funding, the Legislature should require the Allocation Board to create estimates of future modernization funding requests and provide this information to the Legislature at least every other year beginning in fiscal year 2022-23.

No Action Taken

To ensure the quality of estimates of future requests for modernization funding, the Legislature should require that the OPSC gather valid and reliable data about the age of all school facilities in California and that the Allocation Board's estimates be based on this data. For example, the OPSC could survey a statistically significant number of school districts to gather data on the age of their school buildings. Further, the Legislature should require the Allocation Board to maintain any data the OPSC collects from districts for the purpose of building a comprehensive set of data on facility age for all California schools.

No Action Taken

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