Santa Monicans try to increase school funding

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A Santa Monican group called the Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) filed a proposal for an amendment to the Santa Monica City Charter that would require it to set aside $6 million annually for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. That amount would increase each year if the city’s revenues grow by at least 3.5 percent. CEPS must gather 8,000 signatures from Santa Monica voters to place the item on the November ballot.

This fiscal year the city of Santa Monica dedicated $5.25 million to the school district, a $2.2 million increase from the usual amount it gives.

The proposal would not affect what Malibu gives to the district.