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Lawmaker and Regents Lecturer to Lead Discussion on Education

Lawmaker and Regents Lecturer to Lead Discussion on Education

(October 17, 2001)

Assemblywoman Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, will kick off a month as a UC Regents Lecturer at the University of California, Riverside with a public discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at UCR about how the state’s schools and colleges are siblings in the same family.

“Assemblywoman Ducheny is the ideal person to lead this discussion on the State Master Plan for Education,” said Robert Calfee, dean of the UCR Graduate School of Education. “This document is not just a set of bureaucratic rules, but a living document that governs the dynamics of this very important educational family.”

As an example of ongoing issues that will come up in the discussion, Calfee pointed to the controversy surrounding a suggestion that the California State University system be allowed to offer doctorates in education, a role that has been reserved for the University of California up to now. Calfee said he supports a joint doctoral program between the UC system and California State University campuses.

“I am working right now to find a way to make that happen,” Calfee said. “I hope to make some progress while Assemblywoman Ducheny is here.”

Other areas of potential partnership include a dual enrollment proposal that would bring more people to the UC system through the community colleges; and hundreds of outreach programs between higher education and the K-12 system that attempt to make sure all students are prepared to attend college, Calfee said. Many of those outreach programs are based at UCR.

Ducheny is chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, the first woman and the first Latino legislator to oversee the state’s $77 billion spending plan. Elected in 1994, she represents the 79th Assembly District, which includes South San Diego, National City and portions of Chula Vista.

In addition to the opening colloquium on California Master Plan for Education, Ducheny will speak on issues relevant to the California border with Mexico; meet with leaders of UCR education and outreach programs; and will be available to meet with Inland Empire community leaders. A biography of Assemblywoman Ducheny and a schedule of events is attached or is available upon request.

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