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Voters Say No To Parcel Tax To Fund LAUSD




United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl (left) speaks at a gathering of Measure EE supporters after polls close on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2019, as L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner (center, at back) and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) look on
United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl (left) speaks at a gathering of Measure EE supporters after polls close on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2019, as L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner (center, at back) and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) look on
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Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are going to need a new way to pay for the promises they made to end last January's teachers strike.

Election night results showed Measure EE, an LAUSD proposal for a new tax to generate operating revenues for the district's schools, falling short of the necessary two-thirds majority it needed to pass.

The outcome is a huge setback for the LAUSD officials and United Teachers Los Angeles who reached a deal to decrease class sizes and hire more staff for the sprawling school system despite, district officials said, not having the money to pay for all of it.

Because striking teachers wanted these changes — and because the teachers strike itself was broadly popular — L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti urged the district to agree to the union's demands in hopes voters might be willing to pick up the bill. They were not.

We get the follow-up on Measure EE’s defeat, plus what’s next for LAUSD.

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Guest:

Kyle Stokes, education reporter for KPCC who’s been following the story; he tweets @kystokes