Beyond the Headlines: Public Education

Show topic: Public Education

May 16, 2010
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This week's episode looks at how statewide budget cuts have been battering our public schools. And later on, we'll hear about some creative programs that are addressing these drastic measures.

According to a 2009 report by EPE Research Center:

  • California ranks a dismal 47th in the country for public school funding.
  • California spends $7571 per-pupil.
  • National average is $9963 in per-pupil expenditures
  • Studio Guests:

    Paul Strange
    President, Board of Education
    Mount Diablo Unified School District

    Scott Plautz
    Board Member, Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation
    Chair, "Their Future Is Now" Campaign

    Ana Solomon
    Principal, Hayward Adult School

    Jimmie Wilder
    Associate Director of Financial Aid, San Francisco State University

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