News & Updates:

2015/2016 Grants – Putting the Dollars to Work

Donations to MBEF’s Annual Appeal are used to make grants to the District to pay for programs and educators at our seven schools. The grants, totaling over $5 million annually, amount to approximately 10 percent of the school district’s budget. Most of this funding is already committed to teachers and programs from the previous year…. Read more »

STEM Is Everywhere You Look In MB Schools

By Leanne Huebner, MBEF Board Member Careers focused on STEM, in fields like biomedical engineering and computer programming, are predicted to grow by 17% over the next several years, or at a rate twice that of non-STEM job opportunities. Several studies predict 2 to 4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled by the end of… Read more »

Survey Says…

Summary of Results from the 2014/15 Parent and Teacher Survey By Farnaz Golshani Flechner, MBEF Executive Director This past summer MBEF surveyed our stakeholders in hopes of getting a clear understanding of what we are doing well, and what we can do better. We wanted to learn what programs and initiatives our community wants us… Read more »

Technology in the Classroom: The Pathway to Integration

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Technology. It’s the buzzword of the 21st century. Handheld devices, apps, social media sites, even emoji’s…are infiltrating our daily lives. Technology went from a cumbersome desktop computer with limited use to a talking Smart Phone that you wouldn’t dare leave behind. So it’s no surprise that the obsession with… Read more »

Public Schools, Why Private Donations?

Your Donations, Not Property Taxes, Keep our Schools Strong California isn’t like other states that allow counties to set property taxes to fund the kind of schools residents want. California’s Prop 13 reduced property taxes and took away a school district’s ability to tax its community for schools. Today the state establishes school funding levels…. Read more »

Local Control Funding Formula: How Does It Add Up for MBUSD

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member Most parents within the district are aware that funding for education within the state has dramatically changed recently. But whether it is clear how it all works is another story. In July of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law, the most significant… Read more »

Donate Stock to Double Up on Tax Benefits

By Charles Boettcher, MBUSD Parent As a father of two children in the MB school district, two children that greatly benefit from the tremendous support MBEF provides to our schools, I am happy to support the foundation each year. Most of us do so with cash, either writing a check, or using a credit card…. Read more »

The Power of Exceptional Teaching

By Farnaz Golshani Flechner, MBEF Executive Director Most of us can remember a teacher that inspired us, helped us, taught us to love learning, and maybe led us to the path we are on today. I remember mine vividly. She was my tenth grade English teacher, Carol Jago, and she had the remarkable ability to… Read more »

UCLA’s Center X – Examining the Core of Mathematics

By Hilary Mahan, MBEF Board Member In response to feedback from the community last year, the MBEF Grants Committee dedicated a portion of the 2014/2015 grants to the District’s secondary math program. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the need for a District-wide strategy became even more imperative. In addition to… Read more »

Get Your Children Hooked for the STEM (or STEAM!) Jobs of the Future

By Leanne Huebner, MBEF Board Member First in a series of two articles looking at STEM Education In a recent MBEF survey, 78% of Manhattan Beach parents and a majority of teachers said that they would like our District to prioritize the implementation of STEM/STEAM education in our schools, ranking this discipline as the top priority for… Read more »