SCESD Board of Trustees to Attend California’s Premier Continuing Education Event for School Board Members

Leading Gubernatorial and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates will discuss pressing education issues at CSBA conference featuring more than 3,000 school board members

Salinas, Calif., (November, 2017) – The top contenders in the California Governor’s race will join more than 3,000 school board trustees in tackling the most pressing issues facing public education during the California School Boards Association’s (CSBA) Annual Education Conference and Trade Show.

Hosted at the San Diego Convention Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, AEC 2017 is the premier continuing education event for California school boards and the largest education leadership conference in the state.

The CSBA conference unites school district governing teams with superintendents, county office of education trustees, education advocates and some of the world’s top thinkers in exploring methods to support and strengthen public schools. The event includes more than 120 workshops on subjects such as equity, adequacy and opportunity; innovation and student learning; funding, finance and facilities; school climate and community engagement; and leadership through good governance.

This year’s conference highlights the intersection of policy and politics and its impact on public education. On Saturday, Dec. 2, the major Gubernatorial candidates will participate in a two-hour session focused on topics such as student performance, the conditions of children, equity, school funding, charter schools, opportunity and achievement gaps, and the state’s funding, assessment and accountability systems.

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom; California State Treasurer John Chiang; California Assemblymember Travis Allen; former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin; former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and businessman John Cox will join panel moderator and CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy in the conference finale. The conference will also feature presentations from State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively.

The 2017 conference also includes keynote speeches by New York Times bestselling author, veteran and youth advocate Wes Moore; and author, education researcher and public schools advocate Diane Ravitch.

“Each year, our annual conference provides a forum where school board members can refine their practice through continuing education that helps governance teams strengthen schools and support student achievement,” said Billy. “This year’s version, with the addition of the gubernatorial panel and presentations by the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, offers a unique opportunity to engage in the policy and political discussions that shape California’s education agenda.”

For more information, visit or contact CSBA Sr. Director of Communications Troy Flint at 415-902-8589 or

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