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LA Unified getting $6.8 million in latest round of Prop 39 funds

LA School Report | February 27, 2014

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imagesLA Unified, the second-largest school district in the country, is getting the largest amount of any school district in California in the latest round of funds from Prop 39, the 2012 California Clean Energy Jobs Act.

The measure makes changes to corporate income taxes, providing $550 million annually for five fiscal years beginning with the 2013-14 fiscal year for job creation initiatives. The recipients include California’s K-12 schools and community colleges.

School districts will soon receive about $38 million from the state in this second round of  funding, a total of $6.8 million for LA Unified. Altogether, recipients in Los Angeles County, including school districts and charter schools, are receiving $11.2 million — not surprisingly, the most of any county.

The first round of funding—totaling approximately $106 million was distributed in November, with the proviso that recipients use the money for authorized energy planning projects.

In a press release announcing the latest round of funding, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “The funding voters provided with Prop 39 will go a long way toward supporting our schools as they create stronger learning environments for our students.”

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