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School tax may spread inequality gap

June 26, 2010 11:09:02 PM PDT
California communities are trying to protect their schools from the budget crisis, but that could be spreading the gap of inequality between schools in rich and poor areas.Out of the more than 20 California districts that held elections for school parcel taxes this year, at least 16 have approved them, and more districts are trying to place such measures on the ballot later this year.

But the tax measures are mostly winning approval in smaller, wealthier districts.

Some education advocates are pushing to lower the votes needed to pass a school parcel tax from a two-thirds majority to 55 percent.

Measure E failed to pass for the Los Angeles Unified School District this past election after getting only 53 percent of the vote.