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LETTERS: Set Malibu Schools Free, Santa Monica Education Activist Says
November 8, 2017
Dear Dr. Drati and Esteemed School Board Members,
Tom Larmore, Debbie Mulvaney, Paul Silvern, Laura Rosenthal, and Manel Sweetmore are long-time SMMUSD community members and skilled volunteers that both the Santa Monica and Malibu communities trust and therefore entrusted with this complex and politically-charged task.
The board is not in a position, I do not believe, to tinker with the MUNC recommendation. And I believe that exercise to be a waste of time.
The district had a choice in how to present the MUNC recommendation. The numbers could have been spun in a lot of different ways. There wasn't just one way to present the story.
Unfortunately, the district has chosen to go negative, inspiring fear in our community that somehow the Santa Monica school kids will "lose out" and suffer following Malibu unification.
That could not be further from the truth and the numbers bear it out. SMUSD alone still will end up with more money per student than all but a tiny handful ( equal to or even less than 3 percent) of all California public school districts.
Both the Malibu and the Santa Monica communities are rich, rich, rich. I scratch my head at the notion that Malibu somehow "owes" Santa Monica for eternity; or that Santa Monica has some sort of right to the property tax revenues of Malibu in perpetuity.
The new MUSD will continue to ease the separation for years and years to come by pouring $$ into the new SMUSD. Apart from that, resources available solely for SMUSD will only increase. The job of the school board and district administration will simply be to spend those revenues efficiently & wisely. I am confident that you and your successors can do that.
You are not doing anyone any favors by digging in and you need to understand that this intransigence that you and others on the school board are demonstrating will only have long-ranging, significant, negative and damaging effects if you force SMMUSD to remain. Ones that you can't even imagine now.
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