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LAUSD board unanimously votes to add parcel tax on June ballot — where would the money go?




A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.
A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.
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On Thursday, all six members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and the superintendent voted to place a new education tax on the June 4 special election ballot.

According to the district, increased revenue could generate $500 million annually.

The approved version of the tax would ask property owners within L.A. unified to be willing to spend up to $450 more a year to save a district still recovering from the aftermath of a painful, six-day strike.

The bill would require two-thirds approval to pass. We discuss the pros and cons.

Guests:

Ariella Plachta, reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News covering local government, education and culture in the San Fernando Valley; she’s been following this story; she tweets @AriPlachta  

Mónica García, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Salvador Rodriguez, opinion editor for the Southern California News Group