The existing construction and modernization program has built more than 100 new schools, replaced fire alarms, air conditioning systems, and roofs at more than 500 schools, upgraded science labs, enabled technology use at schools, and created more than 350,000 jobs. Comprehensive modernization projects are currently underway at 22 schools. However, much more work remains as 70% of school buildings are over a half-century old.
“The funds from this bond measure would help continue to upgrade facilities without an increase in tax rates,” Superintendent Austin Beutner said. “I hope voters in November will get out and vote on this important measure.”
In addition to bringing aging campuses up to 21st-century learning standards, the bond would allow Los Angeles Unified to improve accessibility and earthquake safety, expand early childhood and adult education programs, add wellness clinics, upgrade school cafeterias, and provide cleaner school buses and renewable energy. Bond proceeds would also help address facilities needs to adapt to a post-COVID-19 learning environment.