PALO ALTO, California, December 9, 2010 – A panel of experts organized by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation will address how to best solve problems in our schools in response to the provocative new documentary film about the nation’s education system entitled “Waiting for Superman.”
Sponsored by Rutan & Tucker, LLP, one of the largest and oldest full-service law firms based in California, the discussion took place on Tuesday, December 14 at the UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley, which is located at 2505 Augustine Drive, Suite 100, in Santa Clara. Registration began at 4:00 PM and the program commenced at 4:30 PM. There was no charge to attend.
According to the Foundation, the purpose of the forum is to allow for a public discussion from different perspectives on what the movie purports to say and whether that point of view is warranted.
“The Foundation’s success in serving California’s students is directly related to its innovative partnerships with leading firms like Rutan & Tucker, LLP and this forum is yet another example of our commitment to our community,” said the organization’s President & CEO Muhammed Chaudhry.
Veteran attorney Ash Pirayou, a partner in the Rutan’s Palo Alto office, joined the panel that included John Danner, co-founder and CEO, Rocketship Education; Jim Lianides, superintendent, Sequoia High School District; Diane Tavenner, founder and CEO, Summit Public Schools; Dean Vogel, vice president, California Teacher’s Association; and Dr. Charles Weis, superintendent of schools, Santa Clara County.
Pirayou currently serves as pro bono counsel for the Foundation’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (S.T.E.M.) Program. He is a member of the firm’s Municipal and Government Agency and Land Use and Natural Resources Departments, where he has practiced since 2008. Prior to joining Rutan & Tucker, he founded the Pirayou Law Offices in 1997.
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