Distributed January 31, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Kristen Cole
L.A. mayor, R.I. superintendent to discuss future of urban schools
Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan and Providence Schools Superintendent Diana Lam will participate in a conference titled “The Future of Urban Schools” on Feb. 15–16, 2001, in Sayles Hall on The College Green. The conference is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Leaders in education from coast to coast will discuss “The Future of Urban Schools” Feb. 15 and 16 in Sayles Hall, as part of the first Thomas J. Anton-Frederick Lippitt Conference. Richard J. Riordan, Los Angeles mayor, and Diana Lam, Providence schools superintendent, are among the speakers who will outline challenges and change in city education systems.
Riordan will deliver the keynote address about the challenges facing urban schools Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m., to kick off the conference. Lam will speak about reforming Providence schools Friday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m., as part of the final conference panel.
As mayor of Los Angeles, Riordan dedicated his efforts to providing quality education for all children. His advocacy for literacy inspired such programs such as “Read to Me,” which encourages parents and caregivers to begin reading to their children at an early age and led to an extension of operating hours for the city’s libraries. Riordan is also a founding board member of Better Educated Students for Tomorrow (BEST), a nationally recognized after-school program serving more than 5,000 children in disadvantaged neighborhoods of Los Angeles. He is also a founding member of the nationally acclaimed LEARN effort.
Feb. 16 in Sayles Hall
All conference events are free and open to the public.
The Thomas J. Anton–Frederick Lippitt Endowment
Established by a gift from Frederick Lippitt, the endowment commemorates nearly two decades of cooperative work by Lippitt and Anton on citywide issues in Providence. The pair helped to create The Providence Plan, a joint venture among government, the University community and the private sector directed at the revitalization of Rhode Island’s capital city. Lippitt currently serves as chairman of the board of the Providence Plan and is a former state legislator, state administrator and chair of the state’s board of governors of elementary and secondary education. Thomas J. Anton is the founding director of Brown’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and chairman of the Providence Housing Authority.