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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
     Local School Funding Measure




                            Protecting our
                            Neighborhood
                            Schools
Why a Local
School
Funding
Measure
Now?



              SANTA MONICA + MALIBU
              HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS
                SMMUSD Student Achievement
               Far Exceeds the County and State
              Excellent achievement needs protecting




Academic
Performance
Index (API)
 High Quality Programs and Teachers
 SMMUSD Students:
   Receive a strong foundation in math, science, reading and
      writing
     Take AP classes and advanced courses to prepare for college
      and today’s careers
     Perform consistently higher on state and national
      assessments
     Are accepted at top colleges and universities
     Learn from highly qualified and experienced teachers
Why a Local
School
Funding
Measure
Now?



              CALIFORNIA’S STATE BUDGET
              CRISIS MEANS UNPRECEDENTED
              CUTS FOR SCHOOLS
      California’s School Funding Crisis
 71% of local school funds come from Sacramento

 $10 million in State funding has been cut from
   SMMUSD each year for the past 2 years, which is
   approximately 15% of SMMUSD’s general fund
   budget
 More cuts from the State are expected next year
  SMMUSD has made significant cuts

 Due to State budget cuts, SMMUSD has made
  significant cuts to:
   Administrators
   Teachers
   Staff
   Programs
     What is the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
                            Local School Funding Measure?

   Provide critically needed local funding now for our schools that cannot
    be taken away by the State.
   Generate $5.8 million for our schools
   If passed, the local funding measure will:
     Protect instruction and minimize cuts in reading, math and science
     Minimize teacher layoffs
     Keep class sizes as small as possible
     Protect music programs
     Keep school libraries open
     Minimize cuts to counselors, who help students stay on the right
         track and help high school students aim for college and careers
                               Fiscal Accountability

 SMMUSD’s record of excellent fiscal responsibility has
   prompted Standard & Poors to give the district one of its
   highest credit ratings as one of the top school districts in the
   state. Additional accountability for the measure include --
    ALL funds used in our local schools –
       cannot be taken away by Sacramento
      No funds for administrator salaries
      Includes optional senior exemption to ensure not a burden to those
       on a fixed income
      Independent citizens’ oversight committee will ensure funds are
       spent appropriately
      Annual audits and annual reports to taxpayers are required
      Temporary measure – will be in place for five years
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Protect reading, math and science
  programs
   Students receive outstanding instruction in
    reading, math and science.
   The local school funding measure will
    protect instruction and minimize cuts to
    core academic programs.
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Minimize Teacher Layoffs
   The local school funding measure will
     prevent the layoff of up to 60 of our 580
     teachers.
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Maintain Smaller Class Sizes
   Small class sizes help ensure students
    receive quality instruction.
   The local school funding measure will
    maintain smaller class sizes at all levels, and
    allow K-3 classes to remain at 25:1
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Protect Elementary Music Program
   SMMUSD provides outstanding music
    education taught by credentialed teachers
   The local school funding measure will
    support elementary music education
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Keep School Libraries Open
   SMMUSD libraries are centers for
    technology and literacy
   The local school funding measure will
    maintain staffing at elementary school
    libraries and keep school libraries open
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Maintain School Counselors
   School counselors provide personal
    attention to help students stay on the right
    track and help high school students prepare
    for college and careers
   The local school funding measure will
    minimize cuts to middle and high school
    counselors
    What Will the Local School Funding Measure
                                      Support?

 Maintain Security Officers
   Security officers help to ensure the safety of
    students, teachers and staff
   The local school funding measure will
    minimize cuts to middle and high school
    security officers
     The Local School Funding Measure
 Is critically needed to protect our great schools
  from a serious decline in the quality of our schools
 Will allow SMMUSD to maintain the great
  teachers and strong academics that make our
  district among the best in the state
 Benefits the entire community as our great
  schools help keep kids engaged, maintain property
  values and keep our community a safe and
  desirable place to live
                          How Can I Vote on the
                 Local School Funding Measure?

 The measure will be on a May 25 special
  all-mail ballot
   LA County will mail ballots to all registered
    voters in Santa Monica and Malibu on
    April 26.
   Ballots must be received by May 25.
    Postmarks do not count.
   All ballots must be cast by mail. No polling
    places will be open on Election Day.
       How do we as parents help pass the
           local school funding measure?
 Must receive support from 2/3 of those
  who vote – a very high threshold to reach
 Getting our message out is critical to
  success
 Funding a strong campaign will help
  communicate directly to voters
How can YOU help pass the measure?

    Phone bank
    Donate to the campaign
    Endorse the measure
    Advocate for the measure with
      friends and family
           Financial contributions are key
                           to our success!

 Educating voters makes an enormous
  impact! The campaign committee pays for
     Direct voter contact
     Advertisements
     Public information
     Volunteer coordination
     Get out the vote campaigns
                                                           
                                      Contribute

 PTA Units may contribute up to 5% of their annual
  budget to legislation
 PTA Council has voted unanimously to urge each unit to
  contribute 5% to the campaign
 PTA Council has already voted to make its 5%
  contribution

  Campaign to Protect Quality Public Schools
  2118 Wilshire Boulevard #264
  Santa Monica, CA 90403
More info at www.smmpta.org

								
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