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LAUSD board unanimously votes to add parcel tax on June ballot — where would the money go?

A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has threatened to send layoff warnings to at least 20,000 state workers unless a budget agreement is reached Friday.  AFP PHOTO/ ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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A student on his way to school walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school, in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.

On Thursday, all six members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and the superintendent voted to place a new education tax on the June 4 special election ballot.

On Thursday, all six members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and the superintendent voted to place a new education tax on the June 4 special election ballot.

According to the district, increased revenue could generate $500 million annually.

The approved version of the tax would ask property owners within L.A. unified to be willing to spend up to $450 more a year to save a district still recovering from the aftermath of a painful, six-day strike.

The bill would require two-thirds approval to pass. We discuss the pros and cons.

Guests:

Ariella Plachta, reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News covering local government, education and culture in the San Fernando Valley; she’s been following this story; she tweets

Mónica García, president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education

Salvador Rodriguez, opinion editor for the Southern California News Group  

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