The future of public education will be discussed on Wednesday, October 4th at a Monmouth College forum with educators. The paneled discussion is supported by the Monmouth Area Branch of the American Association of University Women and the college’s Department of Education Studies. The panel will include members from four areas of education: Central Intermediate School Principal Becky Ince, Central Intermediate school teacher Denise Mann, Monmouth Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Tammy La Prad and Regional Superintendent Jodi Scott. Topics discussed will include school funding, testing, common core standards, Title 9, and STEM education. La Prad plans to address the changing demographics, the cost of education, and the transition from high school to college or the work force. La Prad said in a statement, “(It’s important) to have the community and institutes of higher learning…gather together and have a dialogue about…education today.” The “Future of Public Education” discussion is Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00pm in Room 273 at Monmouth College’s Center of Science and Business. Monmouth Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, Michelle Holschuh Simmons said, “Whether or not ou have children or grandchildren in the public schools, giving our students the best possible education is a high priority for all citizens.” The event is free and open to the public.