John Rogers, UCLA professor, Endorses Measure EE

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On Tuesday, Los Angeles voters will have a unique opportunity to bring much-needed resources to our city’s public schools. The special election on June 4 will feature Measure EE, a 16 cent per square foot parcel tax which will generate roughly $500 million a year to reduce class size, add counselors and nurses, expand art and music programs, increase access to preschool, and more.

I support Measure EE because as a professor of education at UCLA, I know that Los Angeles schools are underfunded relative to public schools across the country. California ranks last of all states in the number of students per teacher and second to last in the number of students per counselor. These figures reflect a decades-long decline in California education funding since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978.

I recently spoke about this history on KPCC’s Take Two

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In the last few years, we have seen some hopeful signs of change. Governor Brown ushered in a new approach to funding public education that has started to make a real difference for students. But there is still a long way to go — Measure EE is the right next step.

As a proud graduate of LAUSD, I reaped the benefits of earlier public investment in our public schools. Now it is time for us all to pay forward and ensure high quality education for all.

— John Rogers, Professor of Education at UCLA