What's Next? BIG Issues for California and for Education
April 17, 2009
The 2009 EdSource Forum focused on the dramatic fiscal challenges facing California schools.
More than 300 people came to the April Forum to hear top-level state officials and experts speak with candor and passion about the California budget and federal education policy. The speakers debated the impact of recent state and national decisions on California public schools.
The day’s sessions included ground-breaking policy statements from California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, and sobering and incisive analyses about the budget from California’s Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor. Bracketing these presentations were lively exchanges during two panel discussions. One panel was made up of senior education policy advocates who differed markedly in their views on the implications of state decisions and how local districts should respond. The other panel, composed of local school officials, talked about how districts are managing during the current crisis and where they are finding opportunities for positive change.
Video of the major sessions, as well as audio podcasts of the presentations by SSPI Jack O’Connell and Mac Taylor, are now available free online, along with presentation slides and other resources.
If you have trouble viewing the videos, please contact us.
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- Davis Campbell, President, EdSource Board of Directors and President, CSBA Governance Institute
- Mac Taylor, California’s newly appointed Legislative Analyst and a 30-year veteran of the Legislative Analyst’s Office
- Rae Belisle, President and CEO, EdVoice; member, State Board of Education
- Joe Nuñez, Associate Executive Director, California Teachers Association (CTA)
- Stephen Rhoads, Principal Consultant for Strategic Education Services (SES)
- Mac Taylor, California's Legislative Analyst
- Session Moderator: Kenneth Hall, Founder, School Services of California and Executive in Residence, University of Southern California
- Jack O’Connell, California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Vicki L. Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools
- Michael Hanson, Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District
- Joel Montero, CEO, California Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT)
- Christopher Steinhauser, Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District
- Session Moderator: Carl A. Cohn, Clinical Professor of Urban School Leadership, Claremont Graduate University and former Superintendent of Long Beach USD and San Diego USD