Yesterday, I hosted my annual Education Summit, at California State University San Bernardino. The theme of this year's conference was "The California and National Landscape: Challenges and Opportunities in Special Education." At the summit, parents, educators, public officials, and business and community leaders all had an opportunity to interact with leading experts in the special education field, and discuss ways to provide greater opportunity at success for our students in the Inland Empire.
Panelists and speakers included: John Riley, with the National Education Association; Dr. Michael Gerber, from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Robert Morgan, with the California Department of Education; Barbara Schulman, with the California Teachers Association; Dr. Ronald Powell, with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Judy Sylva, from the California State University San Bernardino; Dr. Sheri Franklin-Guy, from the California State University San Bernardino; and Maureen Eckholdt, from Upland High School.
We must continue to improve educational opportunities for all students to give our young people the best shot at success in life, and better ensure America's future economic competitiveness in the global marketplace. Yesterday's summit was an excellent opportunity for local stakeholders to discuss ways to achieve significant education reforms for our special needs students. I sincerely thank all the parents, teachers, administrators and other community leaders who helped to make this a meaningful event.
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional Distrct