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An Education in Subway-Fighting

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It didn't look great when the Beverly Hills Unified School District committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby for a subway route that won't go under BHHS (a stop in central Century City would require just that), while at the same time eliminating adult education programs and contemplating teacher layoffs. The Beverly Hills Patch reports that BHUSD has prevented the layoffs by going ahead and taking $244,272 in Measure E money (a voter-approved initiative that provides school funding) and using that for their subway lobbying and PR efforts. The move cleared the board 3-2, with boardmembers saying their lawyer thinks it's ok. Dissenting boardmembers didn't buy it: “I do not believe it is appropriate to use bond funds for these types of expenditures,” boardmember Myra Laurie told Patch. [Beverly Hills Patch]