Public Schools: A Boost for Bonds

Though the need for new school construction has been growing, it has become increasingly difficult to get school-bond issues past a reluctant electorate.

In many states, the defeat of local school-bond issues is directly attributable to "supermajority" laws that require more than a simple majority of yes votes for approval. Those laws are now under heavy attack. Judge John Hauck, of California's Sutter County Superior Court, has ordered the certification of a $4.75 million school-bond issue that was approved by only 57% of the voters of Yuba City—even though the state constitution requires a 66⅔% yes vote. The need for...

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