Public Forum Targets Education Policies

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The Second Annual Community Forum on Public Education will be held Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pacific Community Center, 501 South Pacific Ave. in Glendale.

The forum, sponsored by the Council PTAs of the 5 Star Coalition including Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada, South Pasadena and Pasadena, will feature guest speaker Dr.  Morgan Polikoff of the USC Rossier School of Education. Dr. Polikoff is an assistant professor of K-12 Policy and Leadership who has written about the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind and the design of standards-based assessment systems that are sensitive to the content and quality of teachers’ instruction. He will be addressing current issues surrounding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and No Child Left Behind.
The forum will also feature Patty Scripter, director of Legislation for the California State PTA. Scripter will be sharing information about the “Our Children, Our Future” ballot initiative co-written by California State PTA and the Advancement Project, which will raise $10 billion a year over a period of 12 years, for public education and children’s services. California State PTA is working with civil rights attorney and president of the Advancement Project Molly Munger to qualify this initiative for the November 2012 ballot.  Attendance for the forum is free, but guests are being asked to register at Event check in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

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1 Response for “Public Forum Targets Education Policies”

  1. mcdez says:

    The PTA/Molly Munger initiative is by far the best one for education. $20 billion cut from schools over the last four years, money diverted, money deferred. Enough is enough. Who is going to sustain income taxes and help our state function if we have an uneducated and under educated work force? We will remain in our deficit hole as long as funding for education lags. CA has the largest student to teacher, student to administrator and student to counselor ratio in the COUNTRY. We would need to increase funding to each and every classroom in CA by $60,000 a year just to CATCH UP to the national AVERAGE.

    The “Our Children Our Future” initiative calls for a broad based income tax on all but the poorest. A median income of $55,000 would be taxed $250 — you probably spend that on cookie dough, wrapping paper, magazine subscriptions and whatever else the schools are asking their students to peddle these days just to provide the basics.

    The money will be over and above any Prop 98 minimum and DOES NOT PASS THROUGH SACRAMENTO. It instead goes directly to school districts — early childhood programs, preschool and K-12, with strict accountability. It cannot be used to raise current teacher salaries, but can be used to hire new teachers to help reduce class sizes.

    PTA has been advocating for kids – for free — for 115 years. My vote goes with them and the kids.

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