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Back to School topic of Sept. 23 Democratic Club meeting

The El Cerrito Democratic Club general membership meeting will take place on September 23d. Business meeting at 7:30, Program begins at 8:00 P.M.
E.C.D.C. presents: Back to School Night.

Are we leaving our children behind? How do unfunded state and federal mandates impact the classroom? To answer those questions, The teachers' perspective will be presented by a panel of local school teachers, led by Pixie Hayward Schickele, member of the California Teachers' Association Board of Directors, representative for Contra Costa & most of Alameda counties, and second-grade teacher in Hercules. Joining her will be Bob Fabini, El Cerrito High science teacher, and Linda Takimoto, teacher at Castro elementary school in El Cerrito.
Although California ranks fifth among the world's economies, it ranks in the bottom 20 percent of American states in funding for schools and may soon lead the nation in the ratio of students to teachers. This lack of proper funding plus the pressure of mandatory testing programs, which automatically grade 50% of students as below average, has had a serious effect on the overall educational program. To hear more about this from the people in the front lines, you are cordially invited to meet with us on:

September 23d at 8:00 P.M. in the sanctuary of the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito, across from the El Cerrito High sports field.
Run dates: 2003-08-29 - 2003-09-23

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