Our district needs to develop a five year plan to address State and Federal Funding, which is among the lowest in the state. We have spent so much money prepping for our residents to pay for a bond measure but I don't see any energy by the District in coordinating getting additional resources from the state or fed, despite our wealthy tax base. This should focus on student funding as well as facilities funding!

They should outsource HBEF (like Manhattan Beach does) to maximize contributions not only from parents, but corporate sponsors OUTSIDE Hermosa (Silicon Beach, Pro Sports Teams, Entertainment), alumni and working parents/partners and the companies for which they work. My SO gets all the email from HBEF and I am sure many parents/working fathers could be more strategically targeted.

As we are one of the lowest funded districts in the state (I believe 11th lowest OVERALL), our schools need to look at maximizing school instruction time.

How much money does the school spend on prepping students for standardized tests versus ACTUAL teaching. Would our funding ACTUALLY decrease if we opted out of this? Would our Blue Ribbons go away? What is the cost/benefit of these tests in actual dollars versus perceived dollars?

In addition, our students are inundated with homework, even in Kinder. Some studies suggest this homework is meaningless and many better performing countries are eliminating homework. Many students are enrolled in outside enrichment (sports, language, music, arts) that our district can't provide and don't have time (nor should they make time) for hours of homework!

See this article regarding schools eliminating homework http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/parenting/this-school-is-giving-no-homework-for-an-entire-year/ar-BBvHcbi?ocid=se