Assemblywoman Shannon Grove plans to hold town hall meetings in Bakersfield and Taft on October 4 to discuss the new and developing issues affecting California education.
Two independent education experts will be giving presentations covering a variety of topics including the new Common Core standards, charter schools and the importance of educational choice, and the need for local control of our public schools. Grove will also give a Capitol update for constituents interested in the good, the bad, and the ugly legislation coming out of Sacramento.
“I know constituents are concerned about public education accountability in California,” said Grove. “That’s why I am bringing together several education experts to keep constituents informed about the coming changes, and the benefits of new ideas in education that can be implemented. Plus they and I will be available to answer to questions and listen to concerns on other subjects.”
The panel will include Ze’ev Wurman, a U.S. Department of Education official under George W. Bush, who served on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the suitability of Common Core’s standards for California. He is also the coauthor of “Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade” (Pioneer Institute, 2010).
Also speaking is Lance T. Izumi, Senior Director of Pacific Research Institute’s Center for Education and Koret Senior Fellow in Education Studies. He has authored several books including “Free to Learn: Lessons from Model Charter Schools.” He also wrote and narrated a short film on Sweden's universal school-choice voucher system in 2009. Mr. Izumi served as chief speechwriter and director of writing and research for California Governor George Deukmejian. He also served in the administration of President Ronald Reagan as speechwriter to United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III.