After 70 years, Malibu wants to separate itself from Santa Monica in school district scuffle

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District could be headed for a long and expensive separation. Malibu has long complained that its students aren’t getting an equal education — that resources, classes, and programs aren’t equally distributed. But the split could deal a financial blow to Santa Monica, where the median household income is a lot lower than in Malibu.