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AMPS wishes you a fun and safe Spring Break! See you in 2 weeks!


Event Recap: PTA's & AMPS City Council Candidates Forum 

On Tuesday, April 1st nearly 200 local community members showed up for the final City Council Candidates Forum, hosted by the four Malibu PTA's and AMPS.  It was a very successful event with a packed room full of engaged local residents.

 We would like to extend a huge thank you to several people who made it possible:

First of all, to our moderator: Past California State PTA President and  past SMMUSD board member 

Pam Brady. Pam put in no small amount of work as moderator, providing the forum structure, selecting the questions from what was submitted by the community and moderating throughout the nearly two-hour long event.

Rosalee Brooks Merrick, for making sure everything was set up and situated for the evening.

Malibu High School teachers 

Adam Panish, Sarah Ryan and Melisa Andino for soliciting student questions and and collecting all questions submitted by the community.  


Joyce Stickney and Pastor Greg Hughes for stepping up and agreeing to act as our on-site audience-question selectors. 

Our student volunteers, Winona and Nick, for serving as time-keepers and staying out late on a school night!

And to 

Denise Hayman, Stacey Rouse, Michelle Russo and Amy Young, all four Malibu PTA Presidents, for co-hosting this event with us and helping to get the word out. 

Lastly, thank you to all five candidates for participating in the forum and enduring the multiple rounds of questions.


Again, thank you to everyone for attending and submitting thoughtful  questions. We are fortunate to live in a community where so many want to be informed and participate in the democratic process. 


Webster & Juan Cabrillo PTA's Endorsements

AMPS received two more important endorsements: Thank you to Webster PTA and Juan Cabrillo PTA.  Both PTA's unanimously approved the endorsement of AMPS and our separation efforts.

We appreciate and thank everyone who attended those PTA meetings and voted to endorse AMPS!  We are that much closer to our own independent Malibu Unified School District!

 Featured Video

Kids Take Charge 
March 2009, by Kiran Bir Sethi, Ted Talks

Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.

Watch video: here

 Local Education News 

SMMUSD Projects $96.4 M Budget
March 28, 2014, by David Mark Simpson, The Malibu Times

Read more: here

Juan Cabrillo Gains Water Education
March 24, 2014 By Ashleigh Fryer, The Malibu Surfside News

Read more: here

School District to Hire More Teachers, Reduce Class Sizes

March 31, 2014, By David Mark Simpson, The Malibu Times

Read more: here

 School for Thought 

Khan Academy, Open Ed. Providers Evolve with Common Core
March 28, 2014, By Benjamin Herold, EdWeek
Read more: here

Whatever Will We Do If We Dump Common Core?
April 1, 2014, By Mercedes Schneider, The Huffington Post Education

Read more: here

David & Goliath: A Blueprint For Reforming American Education?
March 28, 2014, by Curtis Valentine, The Huffington Post Education

Read more: here

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AMPS Malibu

Spring Break:
April 7-18

Malibu Boys & Girls Club 5th Grade Family Social

April 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, Malibu Boys & Girls Club 
To see flyer click: here

Fiesta Malibu
May 4, 11:00-3:30 pm, Juan Cabrillo Elementary
For more info contact:
Margret Franco
(310) 748-5258 
[email protected]  

Malibu Library Speaker Series:

Rafe Esquith

May 21, 3:00-4:00 pm, Malibu Public Library at the Civic Center
For more info click: here

Contact Us:


Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS)
23805 Stuart Ranch Rd., Suite #105
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 734-2021

[email protected]