Voters to decide $7B bond question for LAUSD

Oct 5, 2020 by

Measure RR would pay for school modernization projects.

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.

As the second largest K-12 system in the country, LAUSD serves more than 600,000 students and has 750 school sites in operation. Of those 750 sites, 77% are at least 50 years old and 13% are 100 years of age or older, according to the district. Officials say many of these buildings are outdated and in need of repairs and upgrades.

“It’s the right thing to be doing,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said about passing the bond measure. “We need to make sure our students are in world-class facilities that are earthquake safe, that are ADA compliant, that have ramps for students with disabilities so they can access the same classes, (that) they have a modern science lab, they have COVID-proof filtration systems.”

The district’s appeal to voters to support Measure RR comes a year after suffering a major defeat at the polls.

Source: Voters to decide $7B bond question for LAUSD – Daily News

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