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Cortines wants LAUSD to consider parcel tax

L.A. Unified School District Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said this afternoon that he wants the district to consider introducing a parcel tax to raise money for education.

Cortines has raised this issue in the past as a partial solution to L.A. Unified's budget woes. The school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan to slash about $130 million from the 2009-10 budget, and Cortines warned that the situation could only get worse in the future.

The superintendent said at a news conference that he hoped the tax, which would need board approval before going to voters, could be put on next spring's ballot. He also said he hoped state legislators would  relax rules requiring school districts to submit a balanced budget for three years, something Cortines feels is unrealistic in today's economic climate.

"It's somewhat insane in the unpredictable state we live in," Cortines said.

Cortines also apologized to parents and friends of Kennedy High School students who were kept out of the campus' graduation ceremony Thursday night. Students at the Granada Hills school were each given six tickets to the event, but someone made forgeries. As a result, the bleachers became overcrowded and school district police were forced to close the gates, keeping about 200 people from entering.

-- Jason Song

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LAUSD does not need more money. They need competent administrators that watch every penny spent. LAUSD needs to function like a nonprofit and audit themselves on efficiency and effectiveness on an annual basis and report themselves not to the Board, but to their donors, aka LAUSD students, their families, and ALL taxpaying citizens.

How dare you Ramon state that balancing a budget is impossible....you spend money that's in the bank. No money! No Spending!! It's very simple and yet the buffoon administration staff can't wrap their painfully simple brains around it.


Legal property owners, being asked to subsidize services (for children of illegal immigrants)? Why do we allow claims of "racism" to prevent existing laws from being enforced?

Why should LAUSD have ANY RIGHT to tax LA County residents outside of LA City? That's just BS. Tax your own city. Stay out of my pockets.

In 2007, LAUSD commited to spend 30 to 36 million dollars annually to give 2,400 part time cafeteria wokers health care benefits and has allowed their pension funds to be used to support developments that featured afforable housing when they knew the investment was risky, knowing taxpayers would have to make up the difference if the investment failed to perform as expected. They can't figure out how to fire teachers who have molested numerous students and have a 50% dop out rate.

In other words, LAUSD's actions have been to benefit the employees of the system rather than the children and the public they are supposed to servee.

And, now they want more money from property owners who have already been slammed and who habve not qualifued from the feederal bailouts that assisted many other states and continue to do the same thing only with more money.

More to do the same thing--highest teachers salaries in the nation and 60% of the state general fund so they can continue to put employees above the mission: which is to educate our children.

Here's an idea: w hy don't all the unions that serve LAUSD personnel, and using union dues, take an equivalent amount of money that would equal what the unions have spent in advertising support for various candidates or measures over the last two years--and give that amount back to LAUSD.

No more money, only cuts!!! Let us repeal the 55% vote for school bonds and return to the previous 66.67%.

1) there is no 50% dropout rate, the Graduation rate for the state is just under 80% and a litle less than that for LAUSD. This information is posted on the State Education website and is readily available to anyone that wants to make decisions based on facts
2) The pensions are funded for 30 years and are part of the state not the school district
3) teachers and LAUSD don't cause dropouts. That decision is between the student and the parent. You don't want them to drop out? Make it illegal to dropout
4) The "teachers that molest numerous students" are not teachers that are charged with molestation they are teachers that someone has accused but have not had any charges filed against them. Usually this is 3 or 4 unpopular teachers in the same school. Read between the lines.
5) As far as L.A. county being charged taxes for the city. LAUSD is't part of the city or the county it is a conglomerate of many smaller city school districts.
6) I took a 40% paycut to teach YOUR kids(mine are grown). Are you saying that's not enough? Why don't you try teaching? If we are so bad come on and give it a try.

You are an idiot for taking a 40% paycut!! So you took a salary reduction to take parttime job and become a high paid babysitter. That was not a wise choice my friend. The layoffs and budget cuts are a part of today's economy. Almost every major corporation and city government is going through the same routine. LAUSD has it easy compared to other school districts.....

To run a school you need certain basic things: teachers, classrooms, office staff, custodians, books, buses, a cafeteria, etc.. There is waste in some or all of these areas and we should ferret it out, but in terms of the big picture, it's not more than 5% or so. The interesting aspect of all this is that the money we spend to operate a school on a basic level has nothing to do with the quality of education we provide. Good quality or bad quality --the expenses are the same. We do need a certain floor amount just to function. Go below that, and we are guaranteed to have bad quality. People get all fired up about money (and rightly so), but we seem to take quality as something beyond their control. It's not. Stick your heads into that one!


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