April 23, 2019 Los Angeles Unified Establishes Independent Oversight Committee for Measure EE Funds

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Los Angeles Unified Establishes Independent Oversight Committee for Measure EE Funds

LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2019) – The Board of Education voted to establish an independent committee to provide oversight of Measure EE funds.

Sponsored by Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III and co-sponsored by all board members, the resolution calls for an Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee to provide accountability and ensure that funds from Measure EE, if approved, are used as approved by voters. 

“Voter approval is the highest symbol of public confidence and trust,” McKenna said. “We are seeking diverse stakeholder voices as we develop the framework for the Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee for Measure EE. We should seek to provide the highest level of transparency and accountability in the oversight of public dollars that would come to the District by way of this local revenue measure.”

The Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee will be made up of nine members with expertise in at least one of the following areas: academia, school/public finance, parent and family engagement and performance measurement and management. All members will need to reside within Los Angeles Unified boundaries.

“We are asking our community to invest in their local schools and we have a responsibility to make good use of that investment,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “The Committee will help ensure every dollar is going to support schools and the needs and education of our students.”

Today’s vote follows the commitment to oversight, transparency and accountability made by the Board of Education when they voted on February 28, 2019 to place Measure EE on the June 4, 2019 special election ballot. Measure EE requires independent oversight and mandates an annual independent audit to ensure that all dollars are spent as promised.

“Learn about Measure EE!” said Board President Mónica García. “If approved, the Measure would bring resources directly to our schools, students, teachers and principals. We thank Dr. McKenna, his team and District leaders who worked tirelessly to bring this Oversight Committee forward to ensure transparency and accountability for how the investment will be used to lead us to 100 percent graduation!”

“I have long been an advocate for transparency and strong accountability in improving outcomes for kids,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “From the beginning of our discussions to put a parcel tax before voters, I have insisted on independent oversight of Measure EE funds so that we ensure that these dollars make a difference in improving student outcomes.”

"Today the Board solidified its commitment to an enhanced level of transparency and accountability for Measure EE funds,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “If voters support Measure EE on June 4, the Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee will play a critical role in ensuring Measure EE funds are spent as promised to voters and in support of our students and the public education each and every one of them deserve.”

"Voters will have the opportunity to decide on Measure EE on June 4, which will bring additional resources to our schools,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “Today, the Board laid out its plan for independent oversight to ensure that the money will be spent effectively on behalf of our students to accelerate and deepen learning.”

"We are asking Los Angeles Unified property owners to provide local funding to support our public schools and help sustain the long-term fiscal stability of the District,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “We ought to take seriously the consideration of having an additional set of eyes to ensure we are channeling the money where it needs to go and providing a transparent monitoring system to the public."

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