LAUSD is the second largest K-12 system in the United States with 750 school sites in operation and currently serving more than 600,000 students. Hundreds of school buildings — a full 77% of them — are more than 50 years old and nearly 100 schools date back at least 100 years. While there is a learning divide due to antiquated technology, there’s also a daily safety issue for thousands of students, faculty and staff when numerous schools need critical infrastructure attention such as roof repairs and earthquake retrofitting.
Measure RR requires a 55% voter approval to pass and would not increase taxes but instead continue the tax rate that homeowners currently pay. This is approximately $22 for every $100,000 of assessed value on homes, through about 2055.
To move the economy forward, it’s important to get people working. By making investments in infrastructure projects, it’s possible to create thousands of jobs for trades people throughout the region. LAUSD has more than $50 billion in unfunded facilities needs. Because making buildings safe and ADA compliant is necessary, if the measure does not pass, the district may be forced to make cuts to staff and faculty to pay for what’s required and make ends meet. This is one more blow that no educator wants to have to face as they do everything they can to continue teaching through the challenges posed by the pandemic.
There will be a day when kids will be back in classrooms. We need to prepare for the future and LAUSD students deserve modernized educational facilities. While Measure RR won’t fix every infrastructure issue, it’s a vital step toward making important improvements.
RebuildSoCal Partnership wholeheartedly endorses Measure RR and encourages you to vote “YES.”