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 -[email protected] 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
[email protected]

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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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Malibu's Craig Foster Wins Board of Education Seat

November 4, 2014

For the first time in six years, Malibu finally has a representative on the Board of Education thanks to a victory by local candidate Craig Foster.

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School Board needs new blood


October 20, 2014

The "do nothing" Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board of Education is way overdue for a shake-up.  Thanks to dedicated teachers, most of our kids do get a good education -but not as good as it could be.

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Parents Create Malibu Leadership Council

October 13, 2014

Malibu parent leaders and local heads of student organizations have joined together to form the Malibu Schools Leadership Council (MSLC).

The council hopes to promote Malibu students’ and parents’ interests in the broader educational community, according to a press release.

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Santa Monica Coming Around on School District Separation

October 6, 2014

Hope continues to surge for Malibu residents who are working toward an independent Malibu school district, following a recent Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) town hall meeting.

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Santa Monica resident voices support for AMPS

September 22, 2014

Perhaps not for the first time, an arguably influential resident of Santa Monica voiced support for the separation of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District during an Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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