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Lawmakers to Speak at UCR Conference on Education Reform

Lawmakers to Speak at UCR Conference on Education Reform

(May 16, 2000)

Assemblyman Marcos Firebaugh (D-Los Angeles), Congressman Joe Baca (D-San Bernardino) and State Senator Nell Soto (D-Ontario), will be among the speakers at "Latino Summit Conference: The Development of a Master Plan on Education Reform," scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the University of California, Riverside.

"We want to jump-start a process that will produce a Master Plan in Education for Latinos from pre-school to graduate and professional schools," said Armando Navarro, conference organizer and chair of the UCR Ethnic Studies Department. "Not since the conference of 1969 held in Santa Barbara that produced "el Plan de Santa Barbara," has there been an effort by the Latino community to develop such a comprehensive educational Master Plan."

Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach will welcome participants from all over the state, including university presidents, professors, college students, school board members, principals, teachers, counselors, elected officials, religious leaders and business leaders. "Education reform will be proposed from the bottom up and the top down, involving all sectors of the Latino community," Navarro said.

This is the second of a series of summit meetings intended to lead to a three-day ratification conference to be held in October.

The Department of Ethnic Studies, the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Bureau, Chicano Student Programs and UCR MEChA are all co-sponsors of the conference, along with the Cesar Chavez Public Policy Institute from California State University at San Francisco.

Information is available in English and Spanish from Navarro, (909) 787-4577, ext. 1821 or 1822.

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