Back to School for WGSD

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Women Give San Diego kicked off this year’s fall general membership program at the Braille Institute with a
“Back-to-School” panel focused on education policy. Former State Senator and WGSD
member, Dede Alpert, assembled and moderated a panel of experts to discuss the issues of
public education, which impacts the lives of women and families in San Diego County and
across the state of California.

Panelists included LaShae Collins, the District Director for Assemblymember Dr. Shirley
Weber; Allison Ohle, Executive Director of KIPP San Diego; and Leslie Fausset, the former
Chief Deputy Superintendent for the state of California and Superintendent for the Solana
Beach School District. Topics ranged from the personal experiences that drew the women
to their careers, to current issues in the public education space. Collins spoke to the
necessity of legislation, like those championed by Dr. Weber, that promote the accountability in
our public school districts necessary to meeting the needs of unique communities, while Ohle outlined the unique challenges and potential of charter schools to help grow educational equity for disenfranchised students.

This event was organized by WGSD’s Advocacy Team, a group of members that regularly
convene to discuss and engage with current legislative activities that are in sync with the
mission of WGSD. We’re currently following bills in the legislative session, such as AB 273
– Unlocking Opportunities for Families, introduced by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry
and supported by the Women’s Policy Institute. This bill would amend the code to include
English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) educational
programs as acceptable types of training courses for families to qualify for state-
subsidized child care and preschool. According to our partner, the Women’s Policy Institute, AB 273 passed unanimously in both the house and senate. We now support Governor Brown in signing the bill into law.

To stay informed on this bill and others, join the next Advocacy team! Please email us at to get involved.