League of Women Voters to host Jan. 23 ‘community conversation’ on state of public education

Event planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Riverview High School

On the evening of Jan. 23, the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWV) will host “a community conversation in Sarasota that will address a range of topics related to the current state of public education,” the organization has announced.

The discussion will focus on issues such as funding, teacher shortages “and the impact of COVID-19 on schools,” a news release says.

The event is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Riverview High School, which stands at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota (34231).

The panelists will be the Rev. James T. Golden, a former school board member; Lisa G. Schurr of Sarasota, founder of Support Our Schools; former Assistant Superintendent Lynette Edwards; Frank Reyes, the West Region representative of the Florida PTA; and Jennifer Wolski Cottrill, a parent, the release notes. The moderator will be Cecile M. Scoon, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask the panelists about their views on various aspects of public education, the release says.

Additionally, the release notes, the Education Action Team of the League of Women Voters of Sarasota County will honor winners of its “YVOTE” contest. Conducted in partnership with the Sarasota County School District, with funding provided by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, the contest invited Sarasota County public high school students to create essays, posters or videos “expressing their views on the importance of voting,” the release explains.

The Jan. 23 event has been planned to be accessible via live-streaming at Facebook.com/LWVFlorida, the release adds.

For more information, visit LWVFL.org or email info@LWVFL.org.