Update (9/27/11): You can read a news story about the Schools of the Future report by clicking here.
I was proud to have the opportunity to release my Schools of the Future team's report today during a solar power system dedication at San Mateo's Aragon High School.
Our students deserve to learn in schools designed for the 21st century-not relics of the past. California can lead the way, and help our schools save money and create good jobs in the process.
Some of the key recommendations in the report include:
- Support a future statewide facilities bond measure to fund new construction and modernization projects throughout the state that will invest in students and teachers and create jobs.
- Examine regulations to ensure they are streamlined, promote safe and sustainable schools, and meet the needs of today's students.
- Highlight best practices for school facilities by creating a Web page with links to research on creating learner-centered, safe, sustainable schools that are centers of the community.
- Sponsor legislation to encourage schools to install solar and other renewable energy systems. Torlakson is sponsoring SB 843 (Lois Wolk D-Davis), which would lift the cap on the size of school solar projects and allow school districts to aggregate renewable energy generated at one school-or at an off-site solar farm-to offset costs at other campuses.
- Establish a Green Schools Award. Torlakson said the California Department of Education (CDE) would partner with the U.S. Department of Education in the pilot year of their Green Ribbon Schools award, which was announced earlier this month.
- Taking a leadership role helping schools become energy efficient. Torlakson named CDE architect Diane Waters as Energy Liaison. Waters will serve as a clearinghouse for best practices and advocate for schools while working with the state's Energy and Public Utilities commissions.
You may download the report at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/documents/sotfreport.pdf.