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"Meet Your Lawmakers" at Upcoming Education Roundtable

Mar 04, 2015 02:22PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Local elected officials will convene at Mira Costa High School later this month to discuss education and budget issues with community members. The "Meet Your Lawmakers" event is scheduled for Friday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the new Mira Costa Theatre.

The event, organized by the Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs, will feature U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu, California State Senator Ben Allen, and California State Assembly Member (and MBUSD parent) David Hadley discussing the impact of federal and state legislation on local schools. Paul Silva, former executive editor of the Beach Reporter, will moderate. MBUSD Superintendent Michael Matthews and Manhattan Beach City Council members will also be in attendance.

Historically, each spring, the Manhattan Beach Council of PTAs sends a small group of parents to Sacramento to keep a pulse on current legislation by visiting multiple legislative offices.  However, this year, state and federal representatives will come to Manhattan Beach to address the community regarding current education-related legislation. "We felt like it was time to try something new this year and invite them to Manhattan Beach." said Katie David, MB PTA Legislative Advocacy Co-chair. 

One hot topic for Manhattan Beach schools is the Local Control Funding Formula, which is locked in as the formula for distributing education funding statewide. The current demographics of Manhattan Beach place the district near the bottom of the funding scale. Despite relatively low funding from the state of California, Manhattan Beach schools rank third in the state. Parent involvement is a key component of Manhattan Beach's success, according to David.

Other topics to be discussed are Proposition 2, which proposes to place limits on school district reserves; Common Core testing, standards and technology needs; and special education mandates.

There is no charge for the event, but the capacity of the theater is limited to 300.

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