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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Malibu’s Break-up Proposal Clears First Hurdle of Lengthy Process


September 30, 2021

By Samuel Alioto

The City of Malibu’s petition to break up the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District into two separate districts cleared a major hurdle Saturday as a Los Angeles County Office of Education panel decided to move it to the next phase of the lengthy process.

At a virtual public hearing, the LACOE Committee on School District Organization voted 8-2 to proceed with regular review of the contentious petition. County officials said the vote doesn’t necessarily represent an approval of the proposal.

As part of the review process, the committee and its staff will conduct a...

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Reader Comments(1)

HansLaetz writes:

There is a fundamental error of fact in your article. The LACOE committee most certainly did not find that Malibu has not met the standards. The committee, by a very clear 8-2 vote, said they do not have enough information, yet, to determine if Malibu meets 8 of the 9 criteria. Imagine if much larger Pasadena ran Culver City schools. That is what Malibu faces.


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