Struggling San Gabriel Valley school district pushes parcel tax

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San Gabriel Valley voters are the latest to consider passage of a parcel tax to raise money for their struggling school district.

KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reports there’s a notable difference from similar efforts around Southern California.

In the last few months San Marino, South Pasadena, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula have approved a parcel tax for public schools. What do they have in common? Pricey homes and public school support that’s nearly a religion.

Enter into the parcel tax battle 17,000-student Rowland Unified, a school district that includes mansions in Rowland Heights but also aging apartments in La Puente. Support for schools is mixed.

A Rowland Unified spokeswoman says districts with similar demographics are watching Rowland’s measure to help them decide whether to field their own. Rowland Unified’s set to lay off about 120 employees, about a fourth teachers, if the tax doesn’t pass. The measure needs a two-thirds vote to succeed. Mail-in ballots are due by Tuesday night.