Last night, in his annual State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti shared his reflections on and visions for the City of Los Angeles, and we were pleased to hear that we share so many priorities – from education and homelessness, to transportation, infrastructure, job creation and equity and inclusion.
Like Mayor Garcetti, we believe that an excellent education and access to a quality education system is the birthright of every child in America, and that his vision to ensure that L.A. is a city of opportunity for everyone is a laudable one.
Our students are our top priority and their success is critical to the future of Los Angeles, but let’s be clear – Measure EE will not ensure their success and there is no assurance that it will improve the school district. While proponents of the measure tout lots of benefits, the $500 million raised by EE will go to the General Fund. That fact, combined with the lack of oversight, accountability and reform, results in a Measure that offers no guarantees that any of the funds will ever see the inside of a classroom, and no assurances that we won’t be right back here in a few years. For this reason, we have joined a broad coalition of groups on the No on EE campaign.
Despite our differences on Measure EE, we are on the Mayor’s side – the side that knows that it’s up to each and every one of us to step up and take action, and that when we come together, we can achieve big things.
We commend the Mayor on his bold commitment to early childhood education. We know that developing an intelligent, innovative and creative future workforce depends our ability to deliver quality early childhood care and education. And that’s why we stand ready to help Mayor Garcetti amplify these early child care and education initiatives, including maximizing new state resources, eliminating school readiness gaps for our youngest students and building our education workforce. We’re also proud to partner with the Mayor and lead the private sector engagement in his youth jobs initiative.
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