SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

November 29, 2007 16:32 ET

State Superintendent Jack O'Connell Discusses New Education Requirements

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES welcomes Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. By 2010, 90% of jobs will require more training than a high school education; O'Connell's address affords Angelenos the opportunity to ask what type of education their children require.

O'Connell said about vocational training, "We know not every student is going to a university or college, and that's OK. But it's equally important that we don't limit our students' options when they finish high school."

Regarding career and technical education (CTE), O'Connell said, "We can't go back to the way we taught CTE a decade ago. We have to match the level of sophistication we need in the job market with sophistication in the curriculum."

O'Connell was elected to his second four-year term on June 6, 2006. He is a former high school teacher and author of legislation -- the California High School Exit Exam. O'Connell has served in the California State Assembly and Senate.

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Throughout its history, TOWN HALL has hosted leaders in education. In 2006, US Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, updated Town Hall on the effectiveness of "No Child Left Behind," and earlier this month the Superintendent of the LAUSD, Admiral David Brewer, delivered his "1st Year Report Card."

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When:  Tuesday, December 11, 2007
       8:30AM Breakfast
       9:00AM Address with Q&A

Where: Omni Los Angeles Hotel
       251 South Olive Street
       Los Angeles, CA 90012

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