Frequently Asked Questions

Millbrae Education Foundation is more than a funding source. Our board has invested time in learning about our district, state funding, and programs. If you have any questions not addressed here, please email us. We’ll be happy to help!

Unfortunately, this is true! In spite of being the lowest funded school district, our schools are able to provide an excellent, well-rounded education for our students with the support of a strong parent and teacher community. The goal is to sustain Millbrae School District’s excellence in the long-term by improving our very low funding situation.

Some Millbrae residents pay a relatively high amount in property taxes because of high property values. Unfortunately there is no relationship between the amount any resident pays and the money received by our schools. The school district budget is effectively determined by the state and not by local property taxes. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) means that all districts receive funding based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of students. The higher the attendance rate, the higher the funding received. Additional funds are distributed based on student demographics and socioeconomic status.

Other school districts receive funds beyond minimum LCFF/state/federal funding through local revenue sources. This includes donations from their education foundations, parcel taxes and other site-based revenue (e.g. school facility rentals). A parcel tax would provide a stable local source of revenue for Millbrae schools. A stronger education foundation is also essential to provide a competitive, well-rounded education for all our children. The reality is that we need BOTH a parcel tax and a stronger MEF to stabilize our district funding situation.

MEF and PTA both support your child’s education in complementary ways. PTA provides school-specific support, while MEF provides support for the whole district, including hiring teachers and funding district-wide programs. Supporting both means a better school system, which is better for all of us.

This year, MEF is looking to expand its support of programs beyond music and technology for every student in the Millbrae School District. MEF is partnering closely with the 5 school PTA/Os to understand what types of programs are important to each school. Initial feedback from the parent community include interest in expanding programs for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Arts, PE (Physical Education), and Social-Emotional Learning. If MEF is able to significantly increase fundraising amounts, then imagine the possibilities of where we could go! MEF needs your support to turn this vision to reality.

Millbrae Education FoundationFrequently Asked Questions