Fixing California School Finance
The constitutionality of California’s school finance system will be the topic of a symposium scheduled for Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Casa Loma Room.
Sponsored by the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands’ School of Education, the symposium “Fixing California School Finance” will examine issues related to the historic lawsuit requesting California’s current education finance system be declared unconstitutional and that the state be required to establish a school finance system that provides all students an equal opportunity to meet the academic goals set by the state.
The lawsuit was filed by a broad coalition including more than 60 individual students and their families, nine school districts from across the state, the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California State PTA, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).
A distinguished panel will speak to the lawsuit including Deborah Caplan, a partner with Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP, one of the leading attorneys who will argue the case before
Judge Steven Brick of the Alameda Superior Court.
Additional panelists include: Dick Hamilton, CSBA Acting General Counsel and Director of the Education Legal Alliance; Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Kenneth Young, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools; Jesus Holguin, President, Riverside County School Board Association; and Dr. Barbara Flores, school board member and professor, CSU San Bernardino.
Dr. Jose Lalas, director of the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands, who organized the symposium, emphasized that “Californians are overdue for a frank discussion of the disaster created by the demand for high educational standards coupled with an educational finance system that is broken, unfair, and damaging to the future of the golden state and its children.”
The event is open to the public and there is no charge for participation.
The School of Education at the University of Redlands has a unique focus on educational justice, from the doctoral level with its Ed.D. in Educational Justice to courses and programs throughout the School. Its Center for Educational Justice sponsors symposiums throughout the year and an annual conference each July to explore this issue.