In 1980, in response to massive educational cuts following the passage of Proposition 13, a group of 19 Lafayette parents gathered and said "we can make a difference." With a modest budget of $10,000, they formed what is now LPIE, and worked with district teachers and administrators to raise funds, plan programs and hire qualified instructors to bring art, music and science back into the classrooms.
Almost four decades later, with $4,300,000 committed to our schools this year alone, LPIE is more necessary than ever. Years of inadequate state funding and rising pension and health care obligations put our public schools at risk of losing essential personnel, programs and services every single year.
Just last week, the Lafayette School District proposed over $1,000,000 in reductions in staff and services which will directly impact our children and their education. Acalanes is at risk of similar cuts in the future.
But here at LPIE, we continue to believe that "we can make a difference."
Every year, as we have done for 39 years, LPIE raises money to bridge the funding gap and works with the districts to ensure that our students have quality teachers, programs and services, because these are what we value as a community.
With your help, we can avoid the worst of the budget cuts, help to restore staff and programs, and continue to provide the district with a safety net so that our children receive the highest quality education possible.
If we reach our funding goal for 2018-19, additional dollars will be used to help offset current cuts and protect against future reductions.
Every donation matters, regardless of amount. Show your commitment to our local public schools and join us today. We can make a difference! Give today by clicking here and visit www.lpie.org for more information.
LPIE President (and Lafayette public school parent)