Malibu Times Article on District Separation Meeting


Make-or-Break School District Decision Could be Hammered Out Monday

Advocates for Malibu independent schools ask supporters to come to Santa Monica for a meeting next week...





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August 2nd Malibu Separation Committee Update

The Malibu Unification Negotiations Committee (MUNC) met last night, August 2nd for their regular weekly meeting.  The negotiation team, made up of three Santa Monica members and three Malibu members, has engaged in several weeks of fact gathering with the assistance of School Services of California, Inc. and the Procopio Law Firm.  Last night, the members of the MUNC decided that they have gathered enough facts at this point to begin negotiating the actual terms of separating the SMMUSD into two districts.  The two teams are now working collaboratively towards this effort.  


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30 Day - $200k – Fundraising Campaign is Critical to Assure that the Separation Process Continues Uninterrupted and that Separation Moves Forward 

MALIBU, CA –Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) fundraising campaign to raise $200,000 in vital funds to assure the completion of the work of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Separation Committee.  With separation of the SMMUSD in sight, perhaps as early as 2017-18, the fundraising campaign is to match nearly $70k in funds raised to date towards this effort.  To keep up the momentum towards creation of a Malibu Unified School District, funds must be raised to pay for important reports and research being done by consultants hired jointly by AMPS and the District’s Separation Committee.

“This is a critical moment in our separation efforts” stated Roui Israel, president of AMPS.  “We are closer than ever before to reaching agreements with the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and Santa Monica leaders on how to create two independent school districts to serve the students in each community.  These funds are essential to take us over the finish line and will provide the roadmap for a separation that could happen as early as 2017-18, while assuring a world-class education for all students.   We cannot afford to put the process on hold while we raise more funds.  We need everyone in our community to step up and join our fundraising effort in the next 30 days.”

The funding will be used to hire a law firm to study the legal and financial issues surrounding separation, including bonding and tax issues.  Funds will also be used to engage California’s leading educational consultant firm on the budgetary, structural and legislative issues that will assure that when the Malibu Unified School District is formed, each independent district will be able to grow and thrive.

AMPS is encouraging every community member to give what they can, as well as to renew their membership with the organization.  The cooperative efforts between Santa Monica and Malibu began in December 2015 when the SMMUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to endorse the examination of separation.  The committee to negotiate the separation made up of three Malibu and three Santa Monica residents and community leaders--has until September 3, 2016 to report back to the school board on a viable path towards separation, making the timely completion of the consulting reports even more urgent.  Contributions can be made at:

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SMMUSD Forms Committee to Negotiate Terms of Creating Malibu School District

Malibu Unification Negotiations Committee

On December 17, 2015, the SMMUSD Board of Education approved the formation of a committee to negotiate and resolve financial concerns regarding the creation of a separate Malibu Unified School District.  The Committee is comprised of three Santa Monica and three Malibu representatives.

This committee has been meeting once a week since March 2016 and has been engaged in negotiations to resolve financial concerns regarding the creation of a separate Malibu Unified School District.  

For detailed information regarding the Committee including future meeting dates and timelines, please refer to the Committee's website:



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Next AMPS Open Meeting

We are right on track to complete our goal of creating an independent school district for Malibu. Our signature drive for the petition to get our issue on a future ballot is almost complete, but there is still much to do. That's why we will be meeting again to discuss the process of creating a school district in Malibu, and shaping that district from the very beginning.

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Monthly Meeting Notes for October



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Weekly Meeting Notes for September 9th

"The future of the world will be a network, not a pyramid, not a pyramid turned upside down... What we need is a networking of smaller groups, smaller and smaller groups who know one another, who interact with one another."

            - David Steindl-Rast, "Want to be happy? Be grateful, "TED

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Craig Foster Wins SMMUSD School Board Seat

Dear Friend,

AMPS is thrilled and proud of Craig Foster, President of AMPS, for winning a seat on the SMMUSD Board of Education.

This has been one of the main goals of AMPS, to elect an intelligent leader who cares about all the children of our district, elected to school board. Malibu finally has a voice! 

Craig is known for advocating separation and has received the third highest number of votes in the recent election. This is a reflection of the change in attitude and openness for separation in Santa Monica. He will be a powerful voice for Malibu and it is another monumental step toward Malibu having its own locally-controlled independent school district.  

Now that Craig has been elected, it's critical that we have the funds to take the next steps toward separation.  

We have a $75,000 gift for matching funds and we need to match it NOW.  

These monies will be used to complete Phase 2 of our research and to pay the necessary legal fees for separation.  You can share in the AMPS mission by making a gift to AMPS for our work and by encouraging others to address this vital issue.

We need your financial support to continue our mission and become the Malibu Unified School District. 

We have to reach a goal for a matching gift of $75,000! Please give now!


If you have any suggestions or ideas for further fundraising efforts please contact me at my email or call me on my cell (520) 954-4642.

Thank you for your continuing support! 
Shamra Tankersley-Strange
Fundraising Chair, Advocates for Malibu Public Schools

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AMPS & Malibu Unites Get City Cash


November 14, 2014

Local nonprofits Malibu Unites and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) both received funding grants out of the city’s general fund undesignated reserve on Monday.

In total, $8,500 was allocated to Malibu Unites and $6,500 to AMPS.

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Foster claims SMMUSD Board seat

November 5, 2014

With 16.66 percent of the vote, Malibu resident Craig Foster won a seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, when all voting precincts reported at 3:11am on Wednesday, Nov. 5th.

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