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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Monday August 12th, 2013 :: 02:34 p.m. CDT



Media Contact: Elvia Espino 713.755.8137/281.753.5401

More education leads to less crime. With that formula in mind, Sheriff Adran Garcia will host an open-to-the-public forum Thursday evening, Aug. 15, 2013, featuring a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session with education leaders and experts.

As the back-to-school season approaches, news media are encouraged to spread the advance word about the forum and to cover it from 6 to 8 p.m. at Neighborhood Centers Inc. Ripley House, 4410 Navigation, Houston TX 77011.

"The future of public safety in Harris County depends how well we prepare our next generation to be successful in school, career and life," Sheriff Garcia said. "A good education is a key factor in guaranteeing those successes. The better you do in school, the further you stay away from places like jail. Without self-worth, employment skills or intelligence, young people sometimes, unfortunately, turn to crime and end up in the tax-payer funded jail I oversee. We provide educational opportunities for some inmates, but by then we're playing an expensive game of catch-up."

The forum is called "Education and Opportunity: Leveraging resources for Harris County's next generation" and will focus on informing students and their families how to take advantage of the rainbow of education resources that is available to the public.

Scheduled panelists are Irene Porcarello, Ed.D President, Southeast College, Houston Community College; Houston ISD trustee Juliet Stipeche;
Jamie Kaelin, YES Prep director of special education;
Emiliano Gonzalez, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director, Curriculum & Instruction, University of St. Thomas School of Education; Ella Duncan, director of inmate education, Sheriff’s Office; Bolivar Fraga, Community Developer for Ripley House and Harbach Ripley Neighborhood Centers Inc.; Elvia Espino, M. Ed., Community Engagement & Special Projects Manager, Sheriff’s Office; and Anne Sung, Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, Sheriff’s Office; former Lee High School Teacher of the Year; Co-Founder, Community Voices for Public Education.

The forum will be part of the 1st annual Sheriff For The Day events in which a member of the HCSO Explorers program for youth will serve as honorary sheriff. Media advisories about related events that day will be distributed next week.

WHAT: Education forum open to the public and hosted by Sheriff Adrian Garcia

WHO: Sheriff, Sheriff For The Day, panelists, public

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Thursday Aug. 15, 2013

WHERE: Neighborhood Centers Inc. Ripley House, 4410 Navigation, Houston TX 77011

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