LA CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES MEASURE EE

LA CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES MEASURE EE

Declares Support for Measure on June 4 Ballot to Retain and Attract Quality Teachers and Staff -- Voting by Mail Begins May 6

MARCH 19, 2019 -- The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously endorsed voting yes on Measure EE to help local LAUSD schools retain and attract quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals. LAUSD serves the City of L.A. and 26 other cities, along with unincorporated areas of LA County. The Measure builds on the momentum in support of local schools that united teachers, support staff, district officials, parents and residents in January.

The Yes on Measure EE official ballot argument was released yesterday by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk and was signed by:

  • Susan Domingo, Los Angeles Unified School Nurse 
  • Kirsten Farrell, 2018 California Teacher of the Year 
  • Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles 
  • Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge 
  • Andre Spicer, Past President, Council of Black Administrators, and Director of Los Angeles Unified Division of Instruction

Farrell said: "Measure EE is for each and every student and is so critical to solving the public education funding crisis that was highlighted by the recent teachers' strike. Measure EE will provide much-needed resources for local schools to lower class sizes and retain and attract quality teachers and student support staff. Educators, teachers, parents, students and community leaders say vote yes on Measure EE because now is the time to invest in public education."

 

TEXT OF BALLOT ARGUMENT

Vote YES on Measure EE to help our neighborhood schools retain and attract quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals.

Measure EE is a critical part of the solution to the public education funding crisis that was highlighted by the recent teachers' strike in the Los Angeles area. Teachers and school district leaders agree that Measure EE will lower class sizes and provide needed resources for local schools, and pay salaries to retain and attract quality teachers and student support staff.

Even though it is the fifth-largest economy in the world, California ranks 44th in the United States in per-pupil funding for education. Measure EE is desperately needed to get our LOCAL schools the resources they need to educate our students, an investment which will help bring many more students up to grade level in math and reading.

The key to a strong economy is a well-educated workforce.  By voting YES on Measure EE and investing in quality academic programs such as language arts, math, science, technology, the arts, vocational and career education, and preschool, we can provide students with safe and healthy schools and the quality education they’ll need for college and a career in a competitive economy.

Measure EE is subject to strict accountability requirements. It requires that every dollar will be used to support local schools and cannot be taken by the state or federal government.  Measure EE will have public oversight and requires annual independent audits to ensure that all dollars are spent as promised.

Educators, teachers, parents, and community leaders are united in support of Measure EE.  Now is the time to invest in public education! We cannot afford to wait and let our schools fall further behind.

Vote Yes on Measure EE!

 

BACKGROUND

Measure EE would generate approximately $500 million annually in local school funding to retain and attract quality teachers, counselors, school nurses, librarians, support staff and principals, and otherwise improve our schools and communities. Seniors may apply for an exemption and those relying on certain disability payments would be exempt from the levy of 16 cents per square foot of a property's building square footage. The Measure, which would expire in 12 years, is subject to strict oversight and audits and is to support our local schools only -- funds cannot be taken by the state or federal governments. 

www.YesOnEE.org