The Santa Monica Malibu-Unified School District wants to hear from you.

It has hired a firm to conduct a community survey asking parents and others about their views on student achievement, parental involvement and school climate, as well as other key topics.

K12 Insight will conduct the survey, which is part of a greater effort currently underway in the district. Education officials are developing a local control and accountability plan as part of the state’s new budgeting formula. The new budget is supposed to give school districts more flexibility.

“I’m grateful that our community is passionate about public education,” said Superintendent Sandra Lyon. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to collaborate on how to best invest in student achievement.”

Parents and community members with e-mail addresses on file will receive invitations to participate. The survey will also be accessible via a public link on the district’s website,

All feedback will be confidential, with responses anonymous to SMMUSD staff. Once the survey has closed, the district will share the results with the community.

“Everyone’s input is critical to SMMUSD’s progress,” said Lyon. “Working together is the best way to accomplish our mission to promote extraordinary achievement for all students while simultaneously closing the achievement gap.”

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