Feb 8 2011

Financing Public Schools: Can We Meet the Challenge?

Learn the facts and ask questions about the financial situation facing California public schools at a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland Avenue.

Three knowledgeable panelists — State Senator Loni Hancock, Tony Smith, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, and Ray Gadbois, board memberof the Piedmont Unified School District — will offer insights and perspectives on school budget challenges, from the state viewpoint down to how two diverse local school districts, Oakland and Piedmont, are deploying their financial resources.

The program, “Making Resources Count: School Funding 101,” is sponsored by the Piedmont League of Women Voters, the Piedmont Educational Foundation, and the Piedmont Civic Association.

Following the panel discussion, audience members will have a chance to submit written questions to the panelists. A packet of information on local school finances and an information survey will be distributed to obtain further input on audience concerns, questions, and knowledge regarding school finance.

The program is free and open to the public.

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