Math Is Dividing The Cal State Community. Here’s What Happened At The Public Forum


Source: LAist

Public speakers gave impassioned pleas on Thursday for California State University trustees to slow, and give more thought, to a proposal that would increase application requirements for one of the system’s 23 campuses.

The proposal would require high school students to take an extra year of math, or a related class, to be considered for admission. Here are some of the classes CSU says could meet that requirement.

The proposal has become a lightning rod of criticism since its unveiling earlier this year, so trustees organized the Thursday meeting at the Chancellor’s office in Long Beach as a public forum to hear differing viewpoints.

“I heard a lot of questions raised around whether we have adequate evidence before we make a decision and right now there is not adequate evidence,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of Education Trust West and an invited presenter.

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Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.