State Superintendent of Public Instruction to Speak at Cal Poly Pomona


State Superintendent of Public Instruction to Speak at Cal Poly Pomona
California?s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell discuss the budget, school reform, quality of education, and partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education on Nov. 14 at Cal Poly Pomona.

California?s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell will give a speech on ?Policy and Politics in California Education? on Friday, Nov. 14, at Cal Poly Pomona.

O?Connell?s presentation will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kellogg West Main Conference Center. He will speak on current issues in education, including the budget, school reform, quality of education, and partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education. In addition, O?Connell will discuss changes in Sacramento with newly elected Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the effects on education.

Cal Poly Pomona and Edison International will co-host the free event as part of their commitment to fostering educational excellence throughout the region. Cal Poly Pomona sponsors include the Campus Forum, the California Faculty Association, the Student Coalition for a Just Peace, the College of Education & Integrative Studies, and the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences.

Government leaders, educators and students are expected to attend. Bob Foster, president of Southern California Edison and a California State University trustee, will introduce O?Connell. Prior to the speech, Foster will tour the university with President J. Michael Ortiz.

O'Connell was elected to serve as California's 26th State Superintendent of Public Instruction in November 2002. Previously, he served for two decades in the California State Legislature.

Throughout his career, O?Connell has stressed education improvement. As the author of numerous landmark education bills in both the Assembly and the State Senate, he has made quality education in California his number one priority. He is a long-time advocate for smaller class sizes, improved teacher recruitment and retention, comprehensive diagnostic testing, and up-to-date school facilities.

An ex officio member of the CSU Board of Trustees, O?Connell received his bachelor?s degree in history from Cal State Fullerton and his secondary teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach.

For more information on this event, contact Lisa Lee in the College of Education & Integrative Studies at (909) 869-2307 or lklee@cpp.edu.