The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership announced that education reform must remain a top priority in our school systems throughout California. The Partnership sees education as one of the most important issues for businesses in the San Gabriel Valley and believes that a highly trained and skilled labor force is required to remain competitive and meet the challenges of the future. While California did not receive funding from the federal Race to the Top school-reform grant, the Partnership continues to support the education reforms initiated in the Race to the Top application and urges the California Assembly and the Assembly Education Committee to build upon the progress made throughout the application process.
In particular, the Partnership believes that the Race to the Top application established a roadmap for the future of public education in California. California must remain committed to pursuing these reforms, which include basing teacher and principal evaluations in part on student performance, ensuring effective teachers and principals are placed in low-performing and high-poverty schools, and using robust data to improve student achievement. The Race to the Top process also helped initiate collaboration by our participating school districts, and the Partnership hopes that this collaboration continues in order to ensure that every student graduates prepared for college and career success. In addition, the education reforms signed into law as part of the Race to the Top process will enable parents to have a true voice in their children's education and will help transform California's persistently lowest-achieving schools.
The passage of the Race to the Top guidelines is a significant step in the right direction in addressing California's education issues. The Partnership hopes that California continues to implement these guidelines in order to reform our education system and provide our students with a top notch education that will fuel our businesses.
The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is a regional, not-for-profit corporation committed to the continued successful economic development of the San Gabriel Valley. A collaboration of business, local government, colleges, and universities, the Partnership pursues this commitment through three key areas of focus: providing professional business assistance, advocating public policy and marketing the San Gabriel Valley. For more information, contact the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership at (626) 856-3400 or visit its web site at www.valleyconnect.com.