Myths and Realities of Public Education on May 21
The Mayor's Education Task Force and KBTC Public Television will host a community conversation about the Myths and Realities of Public Education on Monday, May 21, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the University of Washington Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium.
The topic of education is being discussed now more than ever. The Obama administration is evaluating outcomes of Race to the Top grants. Three schools in the Tacoma Public School District received School Improvement Grants in 2010. In September 2011, there was an eight day strike which was mediated by the governor. During the 2012 legislative session, teacher and principal evaluation bills were introduced. And all of the schools in the entire Tacoma Public School District were recently designated as an Innovation Zone.
What does this mean for the students who attend Tacoma Public Schools, and for parents who are considering where to send their children to attend school? And is Tacoma on the right path to improve student outcomes?
Panelists for Myths and Realities of Public Education include:
- Carla Santorno, Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools
- Nathan Bowling, teacher, Lincoln Center
- Ulises Torres, Lincoln High School student
- Debra Friedman, Chancellor, University of Washington Tacoma
- Ken Miller, parent of two Stadium High School graduates
The panel discussion will be moderated by the publisher of The News Tribune, David Zeeck.
All are welcome to attend what is sure to be an interesting conversation.