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Posted on: March 15, 2021

[ARCHIVED] School District Separation

Preliminary Hearing April 17 Regarding School District Separation

For years, residents of the City of Malibu have longed to govern their own public schools. There is an effort underway today by parents, students, residents, and city leaders to separate local Malibu schools from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and to create an independent Malibu Unified School District (MUSD). On October 12, 2020, the Council voted unanimously to reinstate the City's petition for unification of an independent MUSD to the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Committee on School District Organization (County Committee). The County Committee has set the preliminary hearing on the City’s petition for Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 AM.

Here are four ways community members can get involved and show their support for this effort to give Malibu residents local control over local Malibu public schools: 

Step 1: Stay Informed

The separation process is complex. Get accurate facts and straight answers.

Visit the City’s webpage.

Sign up for the City’s school separation e-notifications

Step 2: Tell Us Your Story

The City is collecting testimonials about personal experiences with Santa Monica-Malibu public schools. Use the online form to submit your story and endorse the City's petition.

Step 3: Attend the Awareness Night, Wednesday, April 14 at 6:00 PM

Attend the free virtual community meeting on April 14 to hear experts present the facts, figures, and arguments supporting Malibu Unification and join the discussion of key issues. Meeting details will be available on the City’s website as April 14 approaches.

Step 4: Speak at the County Hearing, Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 AM

Log on to the virtual meeting and tell the committee why creating a MUSD is a great idea. Meeting details will be available on the City’s website as April 17 approaches.

In the meantime, visit the project webpage for further details.

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