I wanted to send you additional information about the hearings I will be helping to host in San Francisco and Los Angeles this week to examine the impact of recent state budget cuts on our kids, our schools, and California's future.
The hearings, Cutting California's Future Short: California's Vision for Education and the Realities of State Budget Cuts, will bring together local school officials, teachers, parents, and community members to discuss how they have dealt with the steady decline of state education dollars.
When kids throughout California return to the classroom this fall, they will find fewer teachers, less resources and larger class sizes. The cuts we make to education on the state level impact every community, every school and every student. I believe it is important for members of the State Legislature to know how.
The Los Angeles hearing, with Assembly Education Committee Chair Julia Brownley and Assemblymember John A. Pérez, will be held on Wednesday, August 5, at 11:00 a.m. at Berendo Middle School, 1157 South Berendo Street, Los Angeles. In addition to comments by parents, community members, and local classified employees, panelists at this hearing will include:
- Robert Bilovsky, Principal, Berendo Middle School
- Byron Maltez, Local District 4 Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Megan Reilly, Chief Financial Officer, Los Angeles Unified School District
- AJ Duffy, President, United Teachers of Los Angeles
- Andrea G. Zetlin Ed.D, Professor of Education, Division of Special Education and Counseling, California State University, Los Angeles
If you are in the area of one of these hearings, I hope you will try to join us for these important conversations.
Paid for by Tom Torlakson Assembly 2008 Officeholder Account ID #1314435