University of Redlands School of Education to Sponsor Forum on Budget Crisis

May 27, 2009 -

University of Redlands School of Education to Sponsor Forum on Budget Crisis

The state’s chief of public instruction and inland superintendents will discuss the budget challenges and impact on schools this Thursday

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will be speaking at a forum of the University of Redlands School of Education, where administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders will gather to grapple with the painful realities of California’s education budget crisis.

The community education forum, “Budget Adjustments in Riverside and San Bernardino K-12 Schools: What Now, What’s Next?,” is set for Thursday, May 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at University Hall at the University of Redlands. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Connell will provide a state perspective, sharing his views about both present and potential future budget challenges.

Kenneth M. Young, Superintendent of the Riverside County Office of Education, and Gary S. Thomas, Superintendent of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, will discuss cuts currently being made in the Inland region, as well as what school districts might expect financially in the coming months.

The event will be moderated by Robert Denham, dean of the University of Redlands School of Education. Denham is a veteran educator and school administrator, serving as principal of Redlands High School and Orangewood High School. He has 14 years experience as a high school administrator, and is widely recognized within the regional education community.

Thomas became San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools in August. He was previously the deputy superintendent and also worked for several years as the assistant superintendent of business services. He also served as a superintendent for two school districts in the high desert. He started his educational career in the classroom, before moving into administration.

Young became Riverside County Superintendent of Schools in July 2007. Before that, he was deputy superintendent for the Riverside County Office of Education for three years. He was previously employed by the Lake Elsinore Unified School District as deputy superintendent, assistant superintendent of business services, and director of facilities, maintenance and operations. He also has taught adult education in public schools and in a non-profit international religious program for high school students. Before entering the field of education, he worked in civil engineering for 19 years.

Dean Denham said the forum is part of the university’s effort to provide community and school leaders, as well as the general public, with an analysis of current budget problems and how they might impact the education of students in California’s public schools.

Statewide, education leaders have devised a number of ways to reduce budgets, including laying off teachers, slashing extracurricular activities and reducing the amount of training provided to teachers and administrators.

To attend, please RSVP with the School of Education at (909) 748-8815.

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