About the Program
California’s special education system is vast, expensive, and operates under a unique legal framework. Calls for reform are currently focused on improving how this system is organized and financed throughout the state. PPIC researcher Paul Warren will provide an overview of the current system and a panel of experts will discuss pathways toward reform.
This research was supported with funding from the Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation and the Stuart Foundation.
11:45 a.m. Registration and lunch
12:05 p.m. Welcome
Deborah Gonzalez, director of government affairs, PPIC
12:10 p.m. Presentation
Paul Warren, research associate, PPIC
12:25 p.m. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Patrick Murphy, director of research and senior fellow, PPIC
Kim Connor, parent
Laura Hill, senior fellow, PPIC
Michael Kirst, president, California State Board of Education
Mary Samples, assistant superintendent, Special Education Local Plan Area, Ventura County
1:00 p.m. Audience Q&A
1:30 p.m. Adjourn