Education online town hall set for tonight

California Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson will participate in an Internet town hall on education starting at 7 p.m. tonight.

Torlakson, a former state senator and assemblyman from Antioch, will join state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and California Community College Chanceller Jack Scott in a live, online discussion of the state’s severe financial crisis and it will hit schools unless voters approve tax extensions.

To submit questions and watch the town hall, click here.

Read on for the full news release.

Steinberg, Torlakson & Scott to Discuss K-14 Budgeting in Live Internet Town Hall

Without Tax Extensions what might happen to Public Education?

(Sacramento)—Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott for a live internet town hall to discuss K-14 budgeting tomorrow, June 2, at 7:00 p.m.

The outcome of the state budget will impact school district funding across California, potentially including the Proposition 98 school funding guarantee. Are Californians willing to accept tax extensions to stabilize our schools? Without additional revenue will California be able to educate its children?

The live forum can be viewed on Steinberg’s website: http://www.senate.ca.gov/steinberg

The town hall is part of the Senate Democratic Caucus’ budget outreach to constituents during budget negotiations. As such, Senator Steinberg is issuing an open invitation to K-14 education leaders throughout the state, as well as members of the general public. Questions can be submitted prior to and during the one hour webcast at http://www.senate.ca.gov/steinberg

The proposed budget continues drastic reductions in state services and expenditures, and demonstrates the need for additional stable revenues for long-term budget solutions. Senator Steinberg and the Senate Democratic Caucus remain committed to delivering those long-term solutions and putting California’s fiscal house in order.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen