What would happen if the property taxes from Bel Air paid for the schools in Watts?

Next month, my daughter begins first grade at our local public school. It’s a good school, especially for a big city. The Los Angeles Unified School District, like pretty much all school districts in the United States, gets a significant portion of its funding from property taxes. The district is financially strapped, and our neighborhood is mixed income, with multimillion-dollar hillside mansions interspersed with crumbling, cement-block apartment buildings. So the parents at our school who can afford to, pay for much of what was considered to be basic when I was growing up—things like the music program and the full-time nurse.

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