Monterey Peninsula schools chief to speak at League of Women Voters luncheon

The League of Women Voters of Monterey County cordially invites you to attend our Lunch & Learn on Wednesday November 13, 2019

What:  Do Charter Schools Provide Real Choice?

Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, will discuss the latest on Charter Schools, their impact on local districts, and how or if they meet the needs of elementary and secondary students.  Do Charter Schools provide a real choice for parents? How is the Charter School the same or different than a private school? What are the pros and cons of Charter Schools? Does it make a difference whether the Charter School was approved by the local district or a different authority such as the County or State? Do Charter Schools have to use the same tests that public schools must use? And many more issues surrounding current issues about Charter Schools and public education.

Prior to coming to MPUSD in 2014, Dr. Diffenbaugh served as Director of 7-12 Instruction for Garden Grove Unified School District, where he oversaw all aspects of the instructional program for ten intermediate and eight high schools. He also led the turnaround of Sacramento High School—under his leadership the school saw increases in the Academic Performance Index, a state ranking, an increase in A-G U/CSU college eligibility, and 75 percent of graduates accepted to four-year universities.

Dr. Diffenbaugh holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harvard University, an innovative partnership between the Harvard Business School, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Education. He began his career as a 5th Grade Teacher in Oakland.

When:   Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lunch: Noon ($20/person ) Main course, salad, sides, beverages, & dessert by International Cuisine of Pacific Grove.

Presentation: 12:30pm-1:30pm (free and open to the public)

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church

490 Aguajito Road,  Carmel, CA 93940

Please RSVP if you’re attending the luncheon portion by Monday, November 11. RSVP by calling Beverly Kreps at (831)224-3192  or . Payment for lunch can be made in cash or check and is payable upon arrival.

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