Why bond and tax measures to bolster CA schools struggled to pass at the polls

California voters were uncharacteristically stingy recently when they rejected more than half the local school bonds and tax measures that would have funded campus facility upgrades and operations throughout the state. School districts have turned to parcel taxes in recent years to raise money for school programs, class-size reduction and teacher salaries.

Of 111 school bonds on the ballot, more than half appeared headed for failure. By contrast, in 2016 nearly all the 150 or so school bonds and taxes passed in California.

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