Tomorrow 2/20: National Education Experts Speak About The Future of California Education Reform

February 19, 2013

USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosts Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst, and Ben Austin, Executive Director of Parent Revolution, for a forum on the future of California’s K-12 educational system.

WHAT: In California, the state’s K-12 education system faces a changing landscape with the November passage of Proposition 30 and Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed new school funding formula. Join us for a discussion on the most pressing issues facing education nationally and in California including: charter schools, teacher evaluations, parent trigger law, and guaranteed Pre-K education.

WHO: Panelists will include:

Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst
Ben Austin, Executive Director, Parent Revolution
Catherine Shieh, Finance Director, USC College Democrats
Haran Sivakumar, USC College Republicans
• Moderated by: Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics

WHEN: Wednesday, February 20 from 12 p.m to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Southern California’s Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Room 450
3607 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089                                                                           

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MORE: “Students Talk Back: A Weekly Politics and Public Policy Forum” is a series presented in partnership with USC Dornsife College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, USC Price’s Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and Public Enterprise and USC Price’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.

• USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics motivates students to become active in the world of politics and encourages public officials to participate in the daily life of USC.

•USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute advances informed policy on key issues affecting Latino communities through objective and timely research contributing to the betterment of the nation.

• USC’s John and Judith Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise is an applied research center at the University of Southern California, whose goal is the promotion of effective governance.

StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 2 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what’s best for students. Launched by former Washington, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 110 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow.

Parent Revolution is a California-based non-profit organization that helps parents pass and utilize Parent Trigger laws to transform under-performing schools. Through the use of sophisticated organizing techniques, Parent Revolution helps parents analyze their school’s performance, and organize to create Parents Unions, with the goal of dramatically improving academic outcomes for their children.

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Contact and RSVP: Thuy Huynh at 213-740-8964 or or Merrill Balassone at 213-740-6156 or