MOORPARK : Study Panel on Schools Plans Bilingual Forum on Education Issues

A committee studying the effectiveness of Moorpark's schools will host a bilingual public forum Wednesday to discuss education issues with a particular focus on the Latino community.

"We've been looking for ways to reach out more to the Hispanic community, so we've pulled in experts on Hispanic education," committee Chairman David Pollock said.

"The purpose of this is for the committee and the community to benefit from the expert views of noted people in the field of education."

Scheduled speakers are Arthur Hernandez, former president of Mission College in Sylmar; Leonard Pacheco, retired superintendent of schools for Salinas; Joe Mendoza, director of Ventura County's Migrant Education Program, and Donald Urioste, associate professor of Spanish at Cal Lutheran University.

Speakers will address the audience in Spanish and then summarize their remarks in English. The free forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Chaparral Middle School auditorium, 280 Poindexter Ave., Moorpark.

The Committee for Effective Schools is a 28-member group of parents, school officials and community leaders. The group was appointed by the Board of Education in September to suggest changes in Moorpark's elementary schools.

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