LAUSD looks for lifeline in Measure EE as it drowns in debt from employee benefits

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Los Angeles Unified estimates more than half of its general fund will be needed to pay down pension and health benefit debt by 2031, leaving little for students in a district already struggling against declining enrollment and competition from charter schools.

But district officials are hopeful a remedy will come from Measure EE, the 16-cent-per-square-foot parcel tax on the June 4 ballot that promises to reduce class sizes, retain quality teachers and provide services and programs to students.

The initial draft of the ballot measure prohibited the use of the tax dollars for “funding long-term healthcare or pension liabilities.” Two days later, the final draft quietly removed that language, replacing it with “legal settlements and liabilities” instead.

Click here to read the article on the Whittier Daily News.