May 15 , 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Dean of The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, publishes a column on what's right with public schools in the Santa Barbara Independent
Dean of the Gevirtz School Jane Close Conoley has written the latest column for “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” for the on-line version of the Santa Barbara Independent. The essay, entitled “Learning What’s Right with Schools: They're Better Off Than One Might Think” argues that while the public school system needs improvement, positive change is happening. The piece can be read on the Independent website.
The article begins: “Although many Americans worry about public schools in general, they remain positive about their neighborhood schools. Such views are understandable given the general media fascination with negative stories and a continuing political emphasis on only what’s wrong with public schools. In sharp contrast to stories-as-usual, The Center on Education Policy and the American Youth Policy Forum publish a report on the good news associated with public education..”
The bi-weekly Independent column is another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown.
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]