March 2019 Monthly Meeting

“What is Driving the Decline in California Public Schools?”

Larry Sand, President, California Teachers Empowerment Network

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Just how educated are we?  According to The Literacy Project, there are currently 45 million functionally illiterate (unable to read above 5th grade level) Americans, half of all adults cannot read a book at an 8th grade level, and, in California, 25% of the state’s 6 million students are unable to perform basic reading skills.  Why so much illiteracy? Who’s to blame? What can be done?

Larry Sand retired from teaching in the New York and Los Angeles public schools in 2009 and is President of The California Teachers Empowerment Network (CTEN) (  CTEN was formed in 2006 because a wide range of information comes to teachers and parents from entities that have a specific agenda.  Larry Sand’s comments and op-eds have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Real Clear Politics, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and other leading publications. Additionally, he has been an advisor to student and parent advocacy groups, lawyers and education and public policy experts, including being a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute (

California public schools have gone from first to some of the worst in the nation.  Come find out why from the expert who witnessed that demise and will inspire us to correct it!

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RSVP Deadline: March 19, 2019

Please make your reservations* and any cancellation** by noon, Tuesday, March 19th by e-mailing or calling Penny Jaspar at [email protected] or 952-943-6221, then mailing a check made payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” to her at 10 Frances Way, Walnut Creek, CA  94597 to arrive by the 19th. 

*Reservations for this event are by check or cash only. We are upgrading our online payment process at this time. Please bear with us.

**Please understand that the Country Club bills for the count we submit at that time so we cannot subsequently issue any refunds.

All welcome, no need to be a member or resident but no denim, please, per the country club’s policy.

5:30 check-in and social with hors d’oeuvres and no-host bar; 6:00 speaker

$27 (please note increased price due to country club’s increase); $15 student w/ID

March 21, 2019 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Blackhawk Country Club
599 Blackhawk Club Dr
Grille Room
Danville, CA 94506
United States
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Penny Jaspar · · 952-943-6221

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