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Debating The Parcel Tax That Would Fund LAUSD Expansion




Measure EE would provide more funding for school employees
Measure EE would provide more funding for school employees
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Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles are teaming up to ask taxpayers for more funding.

Measure EE goes to the ballot box next Tuesday, June 4, months after the district and teachers’ union went head to head over teacher contract negotiations. The conflict led to a six-day teacher strike, ending with an agreement that included a cap on class sizes, teacher pay raises and full-time nurses at every school, among other things. Now, the district needs to raise money to see the agreement through – which is where Measure EE comes in.

Measure EE would create a 16-cent-per-square-foot parcel tax on residential and commercial properties in the school district. If it’s approved, it would raise about $500 million per year for LAUSD, for a total of $6 billion over 12 years. If it fails, LAUSD likely won’t have the funds to make the changes promised in the contract agreement.

Advocates say Los Angeles severely underfunds its public school system when compared with other major cities, like New York and Boston, and this tax is a step in the right direction. Critics say LAUSD needs to manage its existing funds better.

Larry speaks with LAUSD superintendent Austin Beutner, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl and more to prepare you ahead of the June 4 vote. What are your questions about Measure EE? Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Kyle Stokes, education reporter for KPCC; he tweets @kystokes

Austin Beutner, superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District; he tweets @AustinLASchools

Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the teachers’ union

Jerry Neuman, chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; partner at the law firm, DLA Piper in Downtown

Susan Shelly, vice president of communications, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association