Thursday, April 28, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Protect Schools from Unfair Energy Rate

Editors and reporters: The following press conference is being held at one of our schools. Your coverage is welcomed.


Media Advisory


April 28, 2016

CONTACT: Tanya Aldaz Duggan

W (619) 409-7690   C (619) 518-9177


Senator Hueso Introduces Bill to Protect Schools from Unfair Energy Rate


WHO:            State Senator Ben Hueso


WHAT:          Join Senator Ben Hueso, County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randolph Ward, Deputy Superintendent of Lemon Grove School District Gina Potter, County Assistant Superintendent of Business Lora Duzyk,  and San Diego Unified Chief Operations Officer Drew Rowlands as they discuss the importance and benefits of Senate Bill 1041 which is aimed at protecting schools from paying high electricity bills.


“School funds should be used on textbooks, technology and innovative implementations which will improve our schools and will help educate our children,” stated Senator Ben Hueso.  “Our schools are instead trying to pay their high electric bills to keep the light switches on in the classroom.  Ultimately, the ones paying the price are our children.  We must protect our schools from unfair rate increases and outrageous charges on their bills.”


Senate Bill 1041 requires the state’s energy utilities to develop and implement a rate for electric service specific to K-12 public schools.  The intent is that it will reduce the amount of money public schools spend on electricity, thereby freeing resources for the education of children. 


"Senator Hueso's SB 1041 would put an end to a string of consecutive rate increases that have forced schools to cannibalize instructional budgets to cover the cost of keeping the lights on,” said County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randolph Ward. “Our schools don’t want special treatment, just an appropriate resolution that takes into account a school’s unique energy usage, fixed budget and duty of meeting the needs of the county’s children."


WHEN:          FRIDAY, April 29, 2016

                        At 10:30 am


WHERE:        Sherman Elementary

                        301 22nd Street (In front of school)              

San Diego, CA 92102



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