EDUCATION | What’s the Mayor Got to Do with It?

As originally posted on San Diego Rostra on April 2, 2012.

Little doubt that education is one of today’s hottest political topics.

Candidates for mayor of America’s Finest City even managed to weave the buzz-worthy issue into their platforms.

Tomorrow, a forum promises to delve head-first into the matter and answer the one question which seems to come up time and again:

What’s the mayor got to do with education?

For more details, be sure to check out the news release below.


Mayoral Forum on Education Will Explore Role of Mayor in San Diego’s Public Schools
Melissa Wagoner
mwagoner, at
(619) 260-4659

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. USD’s Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) and U-T San Diego will host the Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Education. The forum will focus on the mayor’s role in public education in San Diego. U-T San Diego will stream live video coverage of the forum and San Diego’s Channel 10 will also broadcast highlights of the forum the following Saturday.

The candidates participating in the forum are Congressman Bob Filner, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and City Council Member Carl DeMaio. Juan Williams, one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers, will moderate the forum. Williams most recently served as senior correspondent for NPR, and is currently a political analyst for Fox Television and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday.

The Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on Education aims to inform the citizens of San Diego about each of the mayoral candidates’ perspectives on the mayor’s role in education.

The audience will be comprised of San Diego business owners and CEO’s, members of the military, nonprofit leaders, community leaders, education leaders, parents with children in San Diego public schools and faculty and students from the University of San Diego.

Candidates will respond to questions from the U-T San Diego readership, local education reporters, USD faculty and students, individuals viewing the forum live stream and those in the audience. To submit a question please email

U-T San Diego will live stream the debate live on their website and on Saturday, April 7th, Channel 10 News will broadcast highlights from the forum between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Erica Holloway is a Rostra blogger and principal of Galvanized Strategies, a San Diego-based public relations firm. Contact her at or follow her @erica_holloway.

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