PTA Gift for Someone Else’s Child? A Touchy Subject in California
By DANA GOLDSTEIN APRIL 8, 2017SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Of all the inequalities between rich and poor public schools, one of the more glaring divides is PTA fund-raising, which in schools with well-heeled parents can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year or more.Several years ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu school board came up with a solution: Pool most donations from across the district and distribute them equally to all the schools.This has paid big benefits to the needier schools in this wealthy district, like the Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica, where half the children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The campus is decorated with psychedelic paintings of civil rights icons such as Cesar Chavez and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the work of the school’s art teacher, Martha Ramirez Oropeza, whose salary is paid by the pooled contributions. That money has also funded the school’s choral program, teacher aides, a science lab and a telescope.The funding program is considered a national model, and has many enthusiastic supporters. But for some locals it is a sore point that has helped fuel a long-simmering secession movement in which Malibu — more solidly affluent than Santa Monica
I’m not sure that the term “more solidly affluent” quite captures the level of wealth in either Malibu or Santa Monica.Malibuites don’t want their servants living in the corners of Santa Monica, where they have to pick up the tab for them through the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, they want them living in Boyle Heights and Compton, where other taxpayers have to pay to educated their kids.
— would create its own district, allowing it to keep all of its donations in its own schools.
On the other hand, the good burghers of Malibu, officially a Sanctuary City, want to control the immigration policies of the entire country so they can continue to employ cheap servants, all the while blocking development to keep Malibu extraordinarily exclusive (less than 13,000 residents for 21 miles of beaches).Commenter Anon updates an old song: