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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.


Ray Cortines, LAUSD Superintendent

Richard Close, President of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association