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LA Unified wanted a $3.2 billion construction bond on November's ballot until a poll by Mayor Villaraigosa showed that voters would go for more. Now the District is asking $7 billion -- almost twice as much and the largest request in history.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Main Topic The New $7 Billion School Bond

Early last week, the LA Unified School District's elected board of trustees was planning a $3.2 billion bond measure for the November ballot. But Mayor Villaraigosa had conducted a poll showing that voters would be willing to go for more. On Thursday, the board almost doubled its request from $3.2 billion to $7 billion, with $2 billion of that not earmarked for any specific projects.

 

In 1997, voters approved Proposition BB, a bond issue worth $2.4 billion, with the proviso that a citizens' advisory board would be set up to watch how the money was spent. Since then, $13 billion in bonds have been approved by the voters.

Guests:
Monica Garcia, President of the Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
Connie Rice, Advancement Project in Los Angeles (@ConnieRicePCN)
A.J. Duffy, Apple Academy Charter Public Schools
Caprice Young, Los Angeles Charter School Board (@capriceyoung)

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