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You have to pay for it to find out if it works …

By Darryl Dufay

This is a fascinating LA Times Editorial on the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) “Six Billion Dollar” Parcel Tax Measure “EE.” The only measure on the June 4, 2019 election ballot. The Editorial straddles being for and against the measure. It follows the new logic: “You have to pass it to find out if it will work.”

To their credit they put into print the core problem, which is consistently never spoken about or addressed. “Our bigger concern is that L.A. Unified has generally been remiss at measuring its own programs and progress. What works? What doesn’t? It starts new initiatives with little evidence of the effectiveness, and then often fails to evaluate them.” For clarity the reader could change often fails to just “fails” and substitute “delinquent” for “remiss.” The classroom instructional program is treated like it doesn’t exist. A proposition that has credence.

See paragraph six. “There are legitimate concerns being raised about the measure — ….”

The parcel tax is reviewed. Measure “EE” applies to all residential and commercial property within the LAUSD boundaries (see below). It increases the existing school tax of .12 cents tax to .28 cents on your Property Tax Bill. This .16 cent increase will generate five hundred million dollars a year for twelve years for a total of six billion dollars. The tax is based only on the square footage of a structure on the lot. Landlords, if permitted, can pass the tax on to their renters. The tax cannot be used for school construction. It takes a 2/3rds vote to pass.



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