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CEPS: Community for Excellent Public Schools

Dedicated to the preservation and betterment of public schools in Santa Monica and Malibu

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Who We Are

We are a coalition of parents, community members, education activists, alumni, teachers, and current and former elected city officials committed to the preservation and betterment of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.


We believe robust, reliable funding for public schools leads to high quality education that benefits our whole community.

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Santa Monica High School Discovery Building Rendering

What We Do

We advocate for excellent public education in Santa Monica and Malibu from early childhood through community college. CEPS efforts generate $38 million dollars per year supporting lower class sizes, facilities, music programs, and more. That's over $3,500 additional dollars per student, per year! We do this by:


  • Evaluating and pursuing short and long term funding measures through state, city, and school district policies and elections

  • Identifying and supporting political actions and candidates that will strengthen our public schools

  • Building partnerships with local civic and educational groups* to promote a shared community vision for excellence in all of our public schools

  • Holding public institutions and officials accountable for high quality public education

  • Increasing public awareness of the value and uniqueness of our public schools

  • Acting as a trusted source for voter information about candidates who will make public education a priority and best serve all Santa Monica and Malibu students

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