This report concludes that the [Division of the State Architect] is unable to certify that a large number of completed school construction projects meet requirements in the Field Act, a law designed to protect the safety of pupils, teachers, and the public. The division reports that over 16,000 projects remain uncertified. Elements of the act hamper the division’s ability to enforce the certification requirements.
From the California State Auditor report “The Division of the State Architect Lacks Enforcement Authority and Has Weak Oversight Procedures, Increasing the Risk That School Construction Projects May Be Unsafe.”
The new report confirms the findings of our On Shaky Ground investigation into the seismic safety of California’s schools.