Local leaders attend state meeting on school graduation rates

A group of San Luis Obispo County judges, educators and other community leaders attended a summit in Anaheim this week that was aimed at keeping students on track for graduation.

San Luis Obispo was one of 32 California counties sending teams to the summit, which was organized by California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

SLO County attendees included D.J. Pittenger, Adam Chambers, Pete Skarda, Cheryll Manley, Linda Belch, Linda Hurst, Kim Mott and Gerald Carrasco.

Speakers included several experts and representatives from cities and states “making significant progress toward increasing graduation rates,” according to a news release.

Funding for the summit, held Tuesday and Wednesday, came from several private foundations, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and State Dependency Court Improvement Grants. No taxpayer money was used to fund the meeting.