In response to strong public support for repairing aging schools, the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education on June 23, 2016 approved the placement of a $1.5 billion school repair and safety bond measure on the Nov. 8 ballot. The ballot measure, called Measure E, required approval by at least 55 percent of voters who cast ballots on election day. Voters approved the measure with a 74.86 percent yes vote.
The bond measure is subject to strict accountability requirements, including a public expenditure plan, independent annual audits and review of all spending by an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. No money can be spent on administrator salaries, and all funds must be used locally to improve neighborhood schools.