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Local education foundations support Stand UP for Public Schools Day

The Los Altos Educational Foundation joined forces with the Mountain View Educational Foundation to declare May 10 “Stand UP For Public Schools” Day.

The two foundations, which serve 19 elementary and middle schools in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, will partner with seven nearby foundations and districts to give local residents and businesses the opportunity to support public schools.

Plans for the day include spreading awareness of how public schools are funded and the role the foundations play in supporting district budgets. The foundations will spend the day promoting philanthropy and celebrating the effect of philanthropic contributions on the quality of local schools.

According to Education Week’s 2016 Quality Counts report, California earned a “D” in school funding, ranked 41st out of the 50 states. Educational foundations were established by parent volunteers to close the funding gap.

  “Our award-winning schools, outstanding programs and our community make the Los Altos School District an unparalleled place for children to flourish,” district Superintendent Jeff Baier said. “We are fortunate to have a partner in LAEF and its donors – made up of parents, staff, alumni and residents – to support our teachers and the vital programs that we need.”

Donations raised by the Los Altos and Mountain View foundations are intended to bridge the gap between shrinking state funding and the true cost of providing quality educational experiences for all children, including classroom elective offerings, art, music and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum.

“Vibrant public schools are essential to the economic, civic and social health of the community, and they need wide public support to continue to do great work,” said Ayinde Rudolph, superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District.

With contributions from parents and community members, the two foundations have donated more than $26 million since 2006, and together serve 9,700 students currently enrolled in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools.

To donate to Stand UP For Public Schools Day, visit https://secure.qgiv.com/for/su4ps.

For more information on the educational foundations, visit laefonline.org or mvef.org.

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