Dear SMMUSD families,
As many of you know, the November 6 election is a vital and important one to California public schools and to our own Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about three ballot measures that will have great impact for us here in the SMMUSD.
Two statewide propositions, Propositions 30 and 38, pertain directly to public school funding. If neither measure passes, SMMUSD will be faced with approximately $5 million cuts that will need to be made immediately, which will be devastating to our programs.
Voters will also find Measure ES, a local general obligation bond, on the November ballot. If passed, this measure will allow SMMUSD to repair and modernize our schools. It will improve school safety by retrofitting and rebuilding classrooms at our decades-old campuses. Measure ES will also provide funds to equip our students with true 21st Century academics, including much-needed technology for each student in our schools. State funding has not been, and will not be, available for these necessary improvements.
Passage of these three measures will ensure the resources to help us avoid crippling cuts and provide all students in SMMUSD with the quality 21st Century education we want them to have.
I know you will want to become more informed about these important measures, and I encourage you to learn more about all of them and the impact they will have on public schools in California and on our school district.