FROM Jose Escarce
Santa Monica Schools Stick with Chocolate Milk The LA Unified School District has banned chocolate milk for its hundreds of thousands of students, on the ground that it contains too much sugar at a time when childhood obesity is epidemic. Last night, the subject was taken up by the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board, a much smaller district where kids already get whole wheat pasta, lunchtime salad bars and fresh vegetables every day. Contrary to the expectations of many people, they will still be served chocolate milk. Jose Escarce is a Professor of Medicine at UCLA and President of the School Board.
Raising Taxes to Fund Schools In San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge and South Pasadena, two thirds of the voters have approved new taxes for schools. At the same time in Pasadena Unified, 52% went along, but that wasn't enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. Yesterday, in Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, the Measure A parcel tax got 63%, a much bigger majority but again, not enough to win. On June 8, voters in the City of Los Angeles will decide on Measure E , which would allow the LA Unified School District to levy a temporary $100 annual education parcel tax.
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