LA schools chief says parcel tax only way to balance LA Unified budget

Los Angeles Unified schools chief Ramon Cortines said today that a parcel tax on next year’s ballot might be the only way to balance the district’s budget in the coming years.

The superintendent said he’s researching the details of the parcel tax proposal. To succeed without a costly campaign, he’d have to secure the support of the school district and outside groups.
The superintendent said he’s researching the details of the parcel tax proposal. To succeed without a costly campaign, he’d have to secure the support of the school district's Board of Trustees as well as other groups.

Ramon Cortines: "I think that means the City Council. I think it means the mayor’s office. I think it means the 28 cities that comprise this school district. It will take everybody."

Cortines warned that budget cuts from Sacramento are so large that in two years, Los Angeles Unified could be forced to cut full-day kindergarten and lay off half the district’s art and music teachers. The school board votes Tuesday on the immediate layoffs of about 2,000 teachers.

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