Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica-Malibu School Board to Review Fundraising Program|
By Lookout Staff
This year the program, Vision for Student Success, is funding literacy coaches at elementary schools, instructional assistants, additional staff at secondary schools, visual arts programs in K-5 classrooms and enrichment and training grants, according to a district staff report.
School Board members will review the report at their meeting Thursday at the district’s office, 1651 16 St., at 4:30 p.m.
According the terms of the partnership between the district and the foundation, programs funded by Vision for Student Success must be evaluated every year “to inform the Board of the programs’ effectiveness on student learning.”
Before the change, school PTAs were allowed to raise money for individual schools. Critics said the police created a major inequality among the district's schools.
Schools with better fundraising skills or a wealthier fundraising base were able to collect more donations and use the money to hire teacher’s assistants, equipment and other “premium programs.”
Now donations can only be made directly to the school district through the SMMEF. The money is then distributed equally among the district’s schools via its Vision for Student Success program.
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