Voters to decide $7B bond question for LAUSD

Los Angeles Unified School District has been around for a while.

Look no further for evidence than its schools, hundreds of which are more than 50 years old — with nearly 100 dating back at least a century. That’s why district officials are appealing to the public to pass another bond measure that would finance future school modernization efforts.

Voters will decide during the Nov. 3 election whether to support Measure RR, which would authorize the district to issue an additional $7 billion in bonds to update aging facilities, retrofit buildings to withstand earthquakes and make them accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The measure would also pay for changes to meet new COVID-19 facilities safety standards, as well as the expansion of early childhood and adult education programs, new wellness clinics, cafeteria upgrades, cleaner school buses, and renewable energy.

Measure RR, called the School Upgrades and Safety Measure, requires a 55% voter approval to pass. District officials say the measure would not increase taxes but continue the tax rate that homeowners currently pay, which amounts to $21.74 for every $100,000 of assessed value on their homes, through about 2055. If Measure RR doesn’t pass, tax rates would go down when prior bonds expire. Click here to read more: