When Gifts Are Necesities
The campaign was called “Save Our Schools,” not “Save Some of Our Schools More Than Others.” It was an impressive community effort, raising slightly more than $1.5 million in 60 days.
Last week’s Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board meeting was not impressive. There are 13 schools in the District. The PTAs at schools in affluent neighborhoods generally raise more money than PTAs in other schools. No surprise there. All American schools are not created equal, and never have been.
But SMMUSD’s financial situation is further complicated by the mess of a “gift policy” wrought by John Deasy, former SMMUSD superintendent and future LAUSD boss.
According to Surf Santa Monica, Board members and staff will have to discuss the role of the misbegotten policy in the District’s continuing financial problems. At Length.
We have a better idea. They should simply declare all donations necessities, not gifts.
And divide them equitably among the schools.