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News: President Mark Rocha To Appear on National Webcast Panel on the Challenges Facing Public Education Today

Dr. Mark Rocha

Pasadena, Calif., - Pasadena City College (PCC) in conjunction with the producers of the award winning documentary, “GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District”, is hosting a national webcast on April 30th from 6:00 PM Pacific Time, focusing on the challenges facing public education across the nation.

In studio guests include: Dr. Mark Rocha, Superintendent/President of Pasadena City College, Jon Gundry, Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District, William Wong, Gabrielino High SchoolMath Teacher and President of the San Gabriel Teachers Union and Dr. Mikala Rahn, CEO of Learning Works Charter School and a Pasadena Unified School Board Member. 

Education experts from across the country participating include Dr. Stephen Schroth, Associate Professor of Educational Studies at Knox College in Illinois, Leslie Blatteau, social studies teacher in the New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut, Cindy Winckler, a 7 term Iowa State Legislator and ranking member of the Education Budget Sub Committee, Dot Kearns, former school board member and education commissioner in North Carolina and Dr. Yvonne Brannon, Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at North Carolina State University and one of the founders of Public Schools First NC.

Ninety percent of children in the United States attend public school.  PCC and the GO PUBLIC producers seek to engage a national conversation through this webcast platform in an effort to promote a more informed dialogue about the issues facing public education in our nation.

Interested participants can register for this webcast at will be sent a reminder to join the conversation.

GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90 minute documentary that captures the complexity and promise of public education and gives a voice to people actually living the public school experience.  The film can be seen on select independent PBS stations across the country beginning in late April with specific airdates listed at   

For more information, visit the GO PUBLIC website at


Since 1924, Pasadena City College (PCC) has provided the greater Pasadena area with an innovative learning environment that inspires student learning and success.  PCC is one of the largest community colleges in the country, serving over 30,000 students from 90 different countries.  Widely recognized as a transfer leader, PCC ranks as one of the top community colleges in the state that transfers students to nationally ranked four-year universities and colleges. Nestled in the foothills of Pasadena, home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, PCC has educated more than a million students since its founding. For more information on Pasadena City College, call 626-585-7123, or visit the College’s website at

Release Date: 04/23/2014
Contact: Gilbert Rivera , Publications Supervisor
Phone: (626) 585-7250