Entries by Catrin Thorman and Andrew Heritage

Urgency of School Improvement Bonds Contradicted by State Dept. of Education’s Own Reports

In 2015, officials of the Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD) told state officials all nine of its school facilities were in “exemplary” condition. Six months later, the same district officials told residents the facilities were “deteriorating” – and that the schools would not survive without a $148 million renovation. That disparity – a ratings […]

Controversial ‘Education Center’ Schools Parents in Bond Pitfalls

Anyone looking down the barrel of an $889 million school bond should consider what the Capistrano Unified School District did with its last bond, in 2002. After issuing the bond – called a certificate of participation (COP) – the district began constructing a $35 million administration building in San Juan Capistrano, east of I-5. Opened in […]