June’s parcel tax to fund schools takes center stage after Jackie Goldberg’s LAUSD board win

With Tuesday’s school board election delivering a decisive win for public education firebrand Jackie Goldberg, next month’s parcel tax vote is now center stage.

L.A. Unified’s next election — less than three weeks away on June 4 — will ask residents within district boundaries to support Measure EE, a tax of 16 cents per square foot of developed property to raise about $500 million annually for the district. L.A. Unified is projecting insolvency in three years and is at risk of a county takeover if it can’t stay out of the red. If Measure EE passes with at least a two-thirds majority vote, it would start generating revenue later this year.

Goldberg, whose campaign mantra underscored investing in public education, quickly rallied her supporters Tuesday night to get out the vote to pass Measure EE. “We need a movement to make the changes we need,” Goldberg, who was backed by United Teachers Los Angeles, said Tuesday night in a videoposted by Kyle Stokes of KPCC and LAist. “And that’s why, as soon as this campaign ends, we’re starting tomorrow on EE.”

Board President Mónica García had told LA School Report on Monday that the first priority for the new board member would be helping to get the measure passed. “There’s an opportunity to help us get her supporters out for Measure EE. There is an opportunity for that person to support more dollars going to school sites,” García said. “So that person gets to choose: Do we want to strengthen bureaucracy, or do we want to continue on the path of empowering leaders in the field?” Click here to read more: http://laschoolreport.com/junes-parcel-tax-to-fund-schools-takes-center-stage-after-jackie-goldbergs-lausd-board-win/