Dear Norwalk-La Mirada Parents, Community and Friends,
Welcome to another exciting school year. I hope you will take the time to visit the school websites to keep up to date on activities and important dates. The school web sites can be found by visiting www.nlmusd.org and clicking on School Sites on the left side of the home page. I hope you will also follow me on Twitter for important information regarding our schools and students.
In the last few years, our District has experienced much academic success! Our overall district API scores have significantly increased and our District schools and programs have also received distinguished honors:
► California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award ◄
► Title 1 Academic Achievement School Award ◄
► California Business for Educational Excellence ◄
► California Distinguished School ◄
► National Blue Ribbon School Awards ◄
Last year, 13 elementary schools received National and State recognition! Our middle school magnet programs continue to offer engaging programs for students and receive national recognition. This year, we began a Transitional Kindergarten program at three elementary schools, Morrison, Chavez and Foster Road.
However, the economic uncertainty in the State continues to concern us as we strive to provide our deserving students with a quality education. Severe cutbacks are impacting every district and unfortunately, every classroom. The Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District has suffered over $30 million in budget reductions over the last 4 years. The majority of the cuts have been teachers and staff members.
In November, two major tax initiatives will address the budget deficit in education.
Prop 30 Governor Brown’s Tax Initiative was prepared to prevent further cuts to schools and colleges.Prop 38 is another Tax Initiative proposed by Molly Munger that pledges to increase revenues to K-12 schools and early childhood programs. (www.smartvoter.org)
Prop 30 would also help police and fire, and other programs. (www.smartvoter.org)
Please be advised, we are going to experience cuts next year anyway. However, if Prop 30 and/or 38 fail, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District will experience greater cuts. Public schools and colleges in the State will be faced with more budget reductions of another $6 billion this year. In the District, we may experience further cuts to teachers, staff, and programs and possibly have to close some schools. It is imperative that our parents and community members understand the implications of the education budget deficit to students’ education and future.
I am hoping that by providing this information you can make an informed decision on Proposition 30 and 38 as the outcome will affect the quality of education that your children will receive in the future.
Thank you for your continued support. We pledge to continue to work hard for our deserving students.
Ruth Pérez, Ed.D.