The broad-based all-volunteer political action committee, Community for Excellent Public Schools, has successfully advocated for a collaborative approach to shared community support for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District schools. For the last decade, members of the organization have crafted and participated in the campaigns of a number of ballot measures, resulting in more than $20 million dollars of annual local support for our public schools, which has helped offset cuts in education funding from the State of California.
CEPS also has a history of supporting and/or endorsing local Board of Education and City Council candidates, and will weigh in again for November’s election. In the past, CEPS support has taken a number of different forms, from an official endorsement to ratings or recommendations.
CEPS has sent questionnaires to all candidates in the Santa Monica City Council election and the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education race. Candidates who are interested in working with CEPS for its endorsement or recommendation have returned their answers, which will be made available for the public to view by August 30 on the CEPS website.
The CEPS Steering Committee will review questionnaires and invite some candidates to a 20 -30 minute interview with CEPS Steering Committee members. Interviews will take place on Thursday August 30 and Tuesday September 4 from 5 – 9pm. The public is welcome to attend these interviews at the Santa Monica Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica). Follow posted signs to the Community Meeting Room. Please come early as seating is limited.
The CEPS Steering Committee will decide which form its support for November’s election will then hold its endorsement meeting on Saturday September 8.
In addition to Candidate endorsements, CEPS will decide on September 8 whether it will take a position in California’s 50th District Assembly race as well as California Proposition 32.
Finally, CEPS has voted to support Santa Monica – Malibu Measure ES, a local bond that will improve classroom learning in Santa Monica and Malibu schools and repair crumbling 100-year-old buildings.