October 11, 2002

San Diego County Latino Coalition of Education School Board Debate

The San Diego County Latino Coalition of Education is sponsoring a debate of the four candidates for the San Diego City Schools Board of Education. The date/time and location of this major event will be:

Date/Time: October 19, 2002 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: San Diego Community College
Educational & Cultural Center
4343 Ocean View Boulevard
San Diego, California 92113

The candidates include: Jeff Lee, Candidate, District B; Katherine Nakamura, Candidate, District B; Clyde Fuller, Candidate, District C; and John De Beck, Board Member, District C. All four candidates have confirmed their attendance at this event.

Dr. Alberto Ochoa, Co-Chair of the Coalition and San Diego State University Professor of Education stated, “It is the expressed intent of the various Latino community organizations sponsoring this event to provide a non-partisan forum to present the four candidates running for seats on the Board of Education so that the condition of Latino public education in San Diego City Schools can be openly addressed by each candidate.”

The event will begin with an opening presentation assessing Latino academic achievement, the achievement gap and the impact of the Blueprint for Student Success. It will be followed by two Question and Answer Sessions. The first Q&A session involves prepared questions from a panel of distinguished community leaders. The second session involves open questions from invited parents, teachers, and community representatives. The discussions will be simultaneously translated for those attending who speak only Spanish.

On October 9, 2001, the Coalition publicly issued a Vote of No Confidence on the implementation of the Blueprint for Student Success to Superintendent Bersin, the Board, and Chancellor Alvarado. The Coalition itemized eight specific criticisms of the Blueprint and demanded that the Blueprint be redirected to truly make a difference in the lives of Latino students.

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