CA voters OK with taxes to support public schools, new poll says
A new poll shows that California voters would support reauthorization of Proposition 30, a 2012 measure that raised taxes to support public education. The survey by PACE/USC Rossier School of Education Poll shows 63 percent of voters favor extending at least one provision of Prop. 30 — the tax increase on high incomes or the...
By LA School Report | August 27, 2015
CA Education Spending Down Almost 14 Percent Since 2008
California is among the top 10 states with the sharpest declines in spending for K-12 education since the last recession, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The study found that California’s per-student spending was down 13.8 percent since the 2008 school year. In all, 34 states are spending less on K-12 education...
By Chase Niesner | September 12, 2013
Coming Showdown Between Programs & Hiring
So expect school districts to go on a spending binge this summer—Los Angeles Unified School District aims to equip all of its 650,000 students with tablet computers—and then unions in the fall to protest draconian budget cuts and layoffs. – Allysia Finley in the Wall Street Journal (California’s Shrinking Surplus) Previous posts: Union Focusing on...
By LA School Report | May 17, 2013
UTLA, LAUSD Prep for Prop. 30 Budget Battle
Conflicting priorities over how to spend an influx of $6 billion in statewide Prop. 30 funds are causing tensions between LAUSD and the teachers union, UTLA. As a recent UTLA newletter reveals, concerns about how the money will be spent are one of the reasons that the union is so focused on the outcome of...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
Board Restores 10 Days, Rejects Charter Proposal
Inside the meeting room at Tuesday’s LAUSD school board meeting, four television camera crews were present to watch the board vote unanimously to rescind 10 furlough days (five of which are instructional), thanks to the passage of Proposition 30. The board also voted to adopt a “Good Food Purchasing Policy.” But the healthy food vote and...
By Hillel Aron | November 14, 2012
Morning Read: California Still Broke
Budget Shortfall Latest Threat to Schools, Even With Promise of Prop 30 Around the Capitol, attention has turned to the annual revenue forecast, due from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst this week, that also offers the first hard look at the size of next year’s budget deficit. SI&A Cabinet Report Brown to Schools: Expect Fiscal Reform,...
By Hillel Aron | November 13, 2012
Deasy to Ask Board to Restore Full School Year
Also on the Board agenda for Tuesday, November 13 will be LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s proposal to restore the district’s full 180-day academic calendar and repeal all scheduled staff furlough days. Deasy’s just-announced proposal is motivated by the November 6 passage of Prop. 30, whose approval means that LAUSD doesn’t have to cut $255 million...
By Samantha Oltman | November 9, 2012
Morning Read: Judge OKs Lawsuit
Lawsuit Against Teacher Tenure Poised to Move Forward A lawsuit to overturn teacher tenure laws and seniority rights remained on track Thursday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a tentative ruling allowing the litigation to move forward. LA Times [read full text here] Local Votes of Confidence: Most Bonds, Parcel Taxes Pass Proposition 30,...
By Hillel Aron | November 9, 2012
Morning Read: Prop. 30 Afterglow
LAUSD Looks to Restore Some Staff, Programs With Prop. 30 Revenue The passage of Prop. 30 means the district may be able to cancel some of the 10 unpaid furlough days facing teachers and other district employees, he said. Moving forward, some of the thousands of lost jobs may be restored. Daily News L.A. Teachers Union...
By Hillel Aron | November 8, 2012
Deasy & Zimmer Praise Prop. 30 Passage
The morning after California voters passed Proposition 30, which temporarily raises taxes to avoid further cuts to public education, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy expressed gratitude in a written statement: “These funds will better equip us to provide a quality education to all LAUSD youth over the next several years and begin the road back to...
By Hillel Aron | November 7, 2012