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Past · March 4, 2021

Reopening California’s Schools

2021 Speaker Series on California's Future — Virtual Event

March 4, 2021 · 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


About the Program

As California nears the one-year anniversary of the first pandemic-induced shutdowns, the question of how to handle the state’s public K–12 schools remains fraught. As vaccinations ramp up, deep concerns over equity, learning loss, and physical and mental health remain. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion with a panel of distinguished experts about the challenges and opportunities ahead.

PPIC’s Speaker Series on California’s Future invites thought leaders and changemakers with diverse perspectives to participate critically, constructively, and collaboratively in public conversations. The purpose is to give Californians a better understanding of how our leaders are addressing the challenges facing our state.  

PPIC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. PPIC does not take or support positions on any ballot measure or on any local, state, or federal legislation, nor does it support, endorse, or oppose any political parties or candidates for public office. Any opinions expressed by event participants are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect any position of the Public Policy Institute of California.


11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark Baldassare, president and CEO, PPIC

11:05 a.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Ricardo Cano, education reporter, CalMatters
Joe Boyd, executive director, California Teachers Association
Suzanne Kitchens, president, California School Boards Association
Ron Williams, president, Association of California School Administrators

11:45 a.m. Audience Q&A

12:00 p.m. Adjourn



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