The School of Education Sponsors a Budget Crisis Forum

Feb. 20. 2009 -

The toll California's budget crisis is taking on public schools, students and teachers will be discussed as part of a forum sponsored by the University of Redlands School of Education.

The forum, titled "A Critical View on the Current California Financial Crisis in Education," will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the University Hall on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Stuart Dorsey, a former U.S. Senate economist and University of Redlands president;
  • Ken Hall, a widely recognized expert in California public finance and school management;
  • ┬áKent Bechler, superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District; Susan Levine, interim superintendent of the Barstow school district;
  • Brian Bock, an attorney familiar with school finance issues;
  • and Jose Lalas, director of teacher education at the University of Redlands and a member of the Corona-Norco school board.

The forum is designed 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 been considering a number of ways to reduce budgets, including laying off teachers mid-year, eliminating extracurricular activities such as junior high athletics and elementary art and music programs, and reducing the amount of training provided to teachers and administrators.

"We hope that we can benefit from having this group of education stakeholders together in one room, focusing on the financial crisis in California schools and thinking critically," said Lalas, who is among thousands of school board members statewide being asked to make difficult decisions about cuts to local education programming.

"We know we have some difficult times ahead. But we hope that we can learn from each other in ways that will benefit our students – that's the ultimate goal."

Call the School of Education at 909-748-8815 for more information.

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