LAUSD board won’t back a parcel tax this year

At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the LA Unified school board, Mónica García was elected to another term as president and a proposed parcel tax that would have generated $500 million a year for the cash-strapped district failed to garner enough support to make the November ballot.

After a lengthy discussion — during which some board members voiced concern that district staff wasn’t prepared to campaign for the bond or to detail how the money would be spent — board members split 3 to 3 on the proposal, which needed a majority to pass. Board member Kelly Gonez, who gave birth to a boy over the weekend, was absent.

While he didn’t cast a vote, Superintendent Austin Beutner said he preferred to hold off on the measure until 2020, when the district’s own polling showed it stands a better chance of passing. Polling results showed lukewarm support for a November vote on the measure, which the district would have had to pay roughly $6 million to support — money that would be lost to the district if the measure wasn’t successful.

García signaled that the measure would likely resurface in future years once staff had the chance to conduct further research and better prepare for a ballot measure.  To read more, click: 

By Mario Konan, LA School Report, July 10, 2018