The LAUSD, which professes to have no money for classroom instruction or teachers, and whose enrollments have been declining throughout the past decade, just voted 5-2 to spend over $500 million more on school construction and cafeteria makeovers.
Galatzan and Flores opposed. "I just cannot support spending money on things we don't need," the outgoing Flores said.
Voters approved five construction bonds in eleven years, and property owners will pay on them until 2044. The average homeowner in the District pays $555 a year for the construction of often-worthless projects; this is on top of property taxes they already pay to the County for education. The LAUSD construction program is the west coast's Big Dig.