The Los Angeles Board of Education is meeting today to consider a number of drastic budget issues. The board is under pressure to slash almost $400 million from next year’s budget, which would eliminate thousands of jobs as well as adult education and some after-school and arts programs.
LAUSD Superintendant John Deasy has proposed a parcel tax on properties within the district – between $200 and $300 per parcel -- in an attempt to slash the $390-million budget deficit. If the board agrees to place the measure on November’s ballot, the proposed tax would need the support of two-thirds of voters to pass.
Deasy has said revenue raised by the local tax would remain under the district’s control, would not be subject to state budget cuts, and would remain in place for no more than five years, according to the district. A $100 parcel tax was proposed in 2010, but was rejected by voters.
Other items on the board’s agenda include the eminent issue of pink slips to teachers and a streamlining of the process needed to remove teachers who have been accused of lewd acts from the classroom.
How will L.A.’s beleaguered schools weather the recession? Is a parcel tax the answer? Will voters approve it this time around?
Vanessa Romo, KPCC education reporter, live from the LAUSD Board meeting
Warren Fletcher, President, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)
Howard Blume, education reporter for the Los Angeles Times
John Rogers, associate professor in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA)