There’s going to be a special election on June 4, where Los Angeles Unified is asking voters to consider Measure EE, a parcel tax to fund local public schools.
Measure EE, if approved by two-thirds of voters, would levy 16 cents per square foot of buildings located on properties within Los Angeles Unified boundaries. For a house of approximately 1,500 square feet, that would equate to $240 annually or $20 per month. Measure EE is anticipated to generate approximately $500 million annually to support Los Angeles public schools. If approved, Measure EE will automatically expire after 12 years and cannot be extended without voter approval.
Measure EE was put on the ballot to help improve instructional environments by reducing class sizes; attracting and retaining high-quality teachers and school employees; and providing additional counselors, school nurses, librarians, and other support staff.
Measure EE would also give Los Angeles Unified the ability to provide school resources and materials, and quality instructional programs, including art and music programs; and safe, secure, clean, well- maintained, supportive and welcoming schools. It is also intended to further the implementation of Los Angeles Unified’s commitments to closing the opportunity gaps that persist within its school system, and improving education outcomes for all children, in keeping with its goal for: increasing graduation rates; preparing all students to be proficient in English Language Arts and math; and increasing the number of students that are A-G college and career ready.
Measure EE will be subject to fiscal accountability and independent oversight. A separate account will be created specifically for the proceeds from Measure EE, and an independent report detailing the expenditures of the funds will be conducted annually to ensure all dollars are spent on the purposes authorized by voters.