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After Passage of Prop 30, LAUSD Asks for 180-Day School Year Again

The Los Angeles Unified School District hopes to rescind all furlough days for the 2012-2013 school year.

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 30, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy will ask the Board of Education next week to restore the district's 180-day school year and rescind all furlough days for the 2012-13 school year.

"With their strong support of Proposition 30, the voters of Los Angeles
County made it clear they want the LAUSD to do what's best for our youth,''
Deasy said.

"Restoring the full calendar and keeping our employees in the schools is a pivotal step in this effort.''

The district's various labor unions -- including United Teachers Los
Angeles -- had reached an agreement with the district calling on workers to
take 10 furlough days during the coming school year.

Proposition 30 will increase the sales tax by a quarter-cent on the
dollar for four years and raise the income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years.

The increased revenues from Proposition 30 will result in an increase to the minimum guarantee for schools and community colleges under terms of Proposition 98, approved by voters in 1988.

Revenue generated by Proposition 30 will be deposited into a newly created state account, the Education Protection Account. Of the funds in the account, 89 percent will be devoted to schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and the other 11 percent to community colleges.

Each school district will receive at least $200 per student in funds from the account and each community college district at least $100 per full-time student.

The additional funds cannot be used for administrative costs. School and community college boards will decide how the funds would be spent.

The additional tax revenues generated by Proposition 30 could also be used to fund other programs in the state budget.

The measure also places into the state constitution the shift of some sales tax funds to local governments related to the transfer of some public safety services from state to local governments.

Proposition 30 will generate an additional $6 billion in state tax revenues from the 2012-2013 through 2016-17 fiscal years, according to an estimate from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office and Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos.

Smaller amounts would be generated in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years.

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