Major Issues Impacting High Desert: Growth, Economics and Education

On November 23, a luncheon was hosted by Joseph and Deborah Brady with a presentation on major issues impacting the High Desert. A discussion focused on key points that effect the economy, including growth, economic opportunities and education. Speakers were Victor Valley College President/Superintendent Dr. Roger Wagner, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre. and Dr. John Husing, President of Economics & Politics, Inc. Dr. Wagner spoke on the state of the college, including his philosophy of Servant Leadership, a concept that emphasizes trust, empathy and collaboration between a team and it’s leader. Wagner went over issues of accreditation (removal from probation), balanced budget, school ground improvements, declining enrollment/drop out rate, and focus on classes that train students for Inland Empire jobs. School superintendent Ted Alejandre spoke about education in the 21st Century, and the remapping of a K-12 education model that is 40 years old. New standards focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), local control funding, California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress testing (CAASPP), cradle-to-career roadmap, family and stakeholder engagement, a 24-to-1 student/teacher ratio, and working with the specific socio-economic makeup of the county’s families. Dr. John Husing presented an in-depth powerpoint on the state of the local economy, discussing jobs, income, housing, and commercial real estate. He gave statistical information comparing these items to state and national numbers. If you have questions about our economy, email Husing at: Presenter Joe Brady was just named the High Desert Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year for 2015, for distinguishing himself among his peers. Email Joe at:

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