CLINTON — Clinton Community College is pleased to present a National Issues Forum on Public Schools on Thursdays, April 23 and 30, from 6 to 9 p.m.

National Issues Forum is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues.

It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk to deliberate about common problems. Indeed, democracy requires an ongoing deliberative public dialogue.

From the very start, Americans have held widely divergent views on issues related to public schools. Many of these have to do with the methods by which we achieve an educated society.

How do we ensure that our schools are accessible to all children? By what means do we hold students accountable for learning and schools accountable for teaching them?

What is the role of families in the education of their children?

What is the responsibility of schools in addressing social issues that affect their situation? What is the most efficient and fair way to fund public education?

Underlying all of these questions is a more basic one: What is the mission of our public schools?

The conversation will be facilitated by CCC Instructor Martha Bonte. There is no cost for this program. To register, call 244-7100 and request Class 63195. For more information, contact Clinton Community College Continuing Education at 244-7050.