The Marina del Rey Booster Club will host an education discussion that focuses on the recent school choice resolution passed by the Los Angeles Unified School District board at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 20th, at Stoner Avenue Elementary School, 11735 Braddock Drive, Del Rey.

Panelists representing charter and traditional public schools will discuss the realities of growing school choice options for families in Del Rey, Venice, Westchester, Mar Vista and other Westside communities.

The event will also provide free school supplies for families that attend donated by Staples, Teach For America’s alumni fund, the office of LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer and other individual contributors.

Panelists scheduled to appear include Erika Higgins-Ross, parent and outreach coordinator for Friends of Short Avenue Elementary, Sommer Jones, bridge coordinator at Inner City Education Foundation Charter Schools and a national board-certified teacher, and Elizabeth Zamora, president of the Del Rey Homeowners and Neighborhood Association.

Eric DeSobe, a former teacher in Compton and a member of the Del Rey Neighborhood Council, will moderate the panel discussion.

“I’ve had the most requests from the community to hold a forum on charter and traditional schools,” said DeSobe. “I am looking forward to engaging so many different perspectives on this complicated and evolving issue. I’m also thrilled to give away so many school supplies to families that attend the event.”

The LAUSD Board of Education authorized the plan in August. It applies to what the district classifies as “low-achieving” existing schools and to 51 new campuses set to open over the next four years throughout LAUSD. Late last year, the nation’s second-largest school system invited bidders from inside and outside the district to apply for control of these schools in the 2010-2011 school year.

Information, (310) 936-4905.

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