California Dropout Prevention Summit

Summit Location: Sacramento, CA


  • While acknowledging that the dropout crisis is of concern to virtually every district in the state, the California Graduation Summit will provide a forum to develop high-impact actions that focus on urban districts with large concentrations of dropouts. The 17 cities that are members of the California Mayors Education Roundtable will be asked to send delegations to participate in the summit.
  • The California Summit will set the stage for immediate action from educators, policymakers and community representatives by exploring three variables: implications for action at the state, district and individual school level. These three variables form the structure of the policy recommendations of the California Dropout Research Project (CDRP). The Summit will provide an opportunity to revisit the findings of the CDRP Policy Committee, chaired by Russell W. Rumberger, Professor of Education at UC Santa Barbara and Director of CDRP, and to build upon existing state reform efforts.
  • Participants will receive a “Summit Brief” that includes the major themes of each of the panel presentations. This Summit Brief will also be shared with the media and the 58 county offices of education. The Planning Committee will develop a website for the Summit that provides ongoing links to policy papers, research, and planning tools. The site will also archive action plans developed by districts and local educational agencies throughout the state. Finally, the website will include links to national dropout task forces as well as community resources.
  • Hosted by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, participation is expected from Governor Schwarzenneger, Senator Darrell Steinberg, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Fresno Mayor Alan Autry, Rowena Lagrosa, Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified, and other key state policy leaders. 

Summit Planning Team: The list of invited guests ensures direct support and participation from key leaders representing multiple sectors who have the ability to carry out the action plans and recommendations of the Summit. Participants will be invited as members of a regional team comprised of the mayor, county superintendent, district superintendents and community representatives. 

Current members of the California Mayors' Education Roundtable include:

Mayor of Berkeley
The Honorable Tom Bates

Mayor of Chula Vista
The Honorable Cheryl Cox

Mayor of Fresno
The Honorable Alan Autry

Mayor of Long Beach 
The Honorable Bob Foster

Mayor of Los Angeles 
The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa

Mayor of Modesto
The Honorable Jim Ridenour

Mayor of Oakland
The Honorable Ron Dellums

Mayor of Pasadena
The Honorable Bill Bogaard

Mayor of Riverside 
The Honorable Ronald Loveridge

Mayor of Sacramento 
The Honorable Heather Fargo

Mayor of San Bernadino 
The Honorable Patrick Morris

Mayor of San Francisco
The Honorable Gavin Newsom

Mayor of San Jose
The Honorable Chuck Reed

Mayor of Santa Ana
The Honorable Miguel Pulido

Mayor of Santa Barbara
The Honorable Marty Blum

Mayor of Stockton
The Honorable Edward Chavez