School Board Will Consider Placing Parcel Tax on November Ballot at July 10 Meeting

June 19, 2018

Postponing a vote on whether to place a parcel tax on the November ballot, school board members agreed Tuesday to revisit the resolution at their July 10 meeting.

The measure, sponsored by Board Members Dr. George J. McKenna, III and Scott M. Schmerleson, said additional revenue is needed to avert a looming budget deficit projected for 2020 that would impair the district’s ability to close achievement and opportunity gaps and provide a high-quality education to all students.

“This board needs to act with urgency to address our known fiscal challenges. Moving forward with this parcel tax as a strategy to bring in predictable and sustainable revenue is the bold solution that our children deserve,” Board Member Dr. McKenna said.

Board Member Schmerelson said, “I am elated that the L.A. Unified Board of Education has demonstrated an understanding that we cannot layoff and cut our way to better financial times without considering the very real need to increase revenue in order to provide our students with the education they deserve and the economy that Los Angeles demands.”

At the meeting on July 10, the board will discuss proposed parcel tax language, and additional polling details.

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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