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Debating an LAUSD parcel tax




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Should Los Angeles residents pay more to keep the district’s schools above water financially? On June 8, voters in LA’s Unified School District will be asked to approve a parcel tax to help cover a $640 million budget shortfall. Measure E would create a temporary annual tax of $100 per parcel over a four-year period that would raise $92 million annually. That’s a sizable sum, but will it be enough to head off additional teacher layoffs, a shortened school year (already passed) and further cuts in programs to reduce class size in the district? Larry’s guests debate Measure E, the LAUSD parcel tax.

Guests:


Ray Cortines, LAUSD Superintendent

Richard Close, President of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association