Legislators hold press conference at Mark Twain on ‘green’ school funding

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Senator Kevin de León with Mark Twain sixth graders.

Mark Twain Elementary School was the site of a press conference on December 4 to introduce new state legislation that will provide funding for “green” school retrofits.

The funding will come from Proposition 39, which voters approved in November. Proposition 39 closed a corporate tax loophole and generates $500 million for five years for energy efficiency and clean energy programs.

Speakers at the event included Proposition 39 campaign co-chairs Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and businessman Tom Steyer; Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg; State Superintendent Tom Torlakson; and Mayor Kevin Johnson.

During the press conference, the legislators introduced Senate Bill 39, the Clean Energy Employment and Student Advancement Act of 2013.

“We will save energy, reduce greenhouse gasses, save school districts money to put back into classroom and just as importantly, create much-needed jobs for Californians,” de León said as he and the bill’s supporters stood beneath a stage filled with dozens of Mark Twain sixth-graders.