School officials to review state of education in Merced County

12/25/2013 4:52 PM

12/25/2013 4:53 PM

Insights into the state of public education in the area will be given in late February at two special events in Merced and Los Banos.

The Merced County Office of Education will unveil the Merced County Schools Annual Education Report, sponsored by Stifel Nicolaus & Co., a municipal finance group. It will be accompanied by a report to be published in area newspapers.

The report will detail student demographics and achievements, collaborative instructional programs and teaching techniques.

It also examines the state education budget and impact of the passage of Proposition 30, the implementation of Common Core State Standards and the move to a different way of funding local schools.

“The Merced County Schools Annual Education Report is designed to shine a spotlight on P-12 education and the great things our schools have to offer,” said Steven Gomes, county superintendent of schools.

Gomes said there is an unprecedented amount of change affecting local public education now.

“The report includes the challenges confronting education and a peek into the future,” Gomes said. “This is an opportunity to discuss P-12 education in a public forum and inform the public about education in Merced County.”

The first of the two events planned for the rollout of the report is Feb. 27 at Gateway Community Church, 353 E. Donna Drive, and the second is Feb. 28 at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 7th St. in Los Banos. Each will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The events are open to the public and tickets are $15, which includes lunch. Table sponsorships are available for $150.

For more information on the report, contact MCOE public information officer Nathan Quevedo at (209) 381-6759.

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