Share with othersTweet In an effort to enroll more underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering and math, the federal government has awarded Santa Monica College and UCLA a $5.8 million federal grant to ”recruit such students, educate them and give them guidance and support.” The five-year Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics... Read More

Student Gives SMC Financial Aid Office An F

Share with othersTweet Ms. Gomez: As you are my financial aid technician I am contacting you regarding a discrepancy in funds. I have tried emailing Damon McLeod (a detailed email) and calling the Financial Aid office as well as your personal extension – and have been unable to get a response. When I received my disbursement for my Pell Grant my award letter shows that I... Read More

Special Olympics To Be Held in L.A. in 2015

Share with othersTweet The Special Olympics will return to the United States for the first time in 16 years in 2015, when they are held here in Los Angeles. Timothy Shriver, chairman of the unique organization, made the announcement yesterday. His sister, Maria Shriver, former first lady of California and a prominent journalist, was present for the announcement. Their late mother,... Read More

Whose College Is It, and Who’s It For?

Share with othersTweet by Carl Gettleman Richard Tahvildaran, who as President of the Academic Senate opposed giving course credit to students for serving as elected officers in the College’s shared governance system, was previously confronted by the HR Department for a similar misuse of student labor to support candidates of his choosing in a local campaign. Tahvildaran,... Read More

City to Students: Let Them Ice Skate!

Share with othersTweet The state has repeatedly slashed funding for our  schools. The Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District budget has been drastically reduced by the state cuts. As a community and as individuals, our first priority must be the well-being of our children, which means, among other things, that we are obliged to do what the state has failed to do. We must... Read More

CEPS Announces Endorsements


Share with othersTweet Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) has announced the candidates it endorses and will   support in two local contests in the November 2nd election. The decade-old “education-focused” Political Action Committee (PAC) will back Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day for Santa Monica City Council, two-year terms, Bob HolbrooK, Kevin McKeown,... Read More

Lead Endorses Cady, Lieberman, Snell for Board of Education


Share with othersTweet LEAD (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Direction), an education advocacy group of parents and interested residents has endorsed three candidates for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. The organization, which advocates transparency and strong leadership in the district, is backing : challengers Pat Cady and Laurie... Read More

When Gifts Are Necesities


Share with othersTweet 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... Read More

Save Our Schools Saves Nearly 20 Teachers & Staff!


Share with othersTweet CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS COMMENDED BY BOARD OF EDUCATION The Santa Monica Malibu Board of Education commended The Save Our Schools campaign and the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation at Wednesday night’s School Board meeting, citing visionary fundraising that will n affect students throughout district schools for the 2010 – 2011 school year. The SOS... Read More

SOS Raises Over $1.5 Million

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Share with othersTweet Save Our Schools, the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation’s emergency 60-day fundraising campaign to restore class sizes and programs lost to state budget cuts ended Sunday with a Grand Finale! Check CEPS blog:  Read More