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Editor's note: the original version of this alert mistakenly said the Greenlining Institute panel discussion was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan 16. It will be held on Wednesday, Jan 23.

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The University of California's Board of Regents continues its meeting today, and online education is on the agenda. Several elected officials, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, have shown an interest in using online instruction to expand access and reduce costs.

Brown plans to attend the regents meeting, which starts at 8:30 a.m. at UC San Francisco's Mission Bay campus. Also attending will be Sebastian Thrun, CEO and co-founder of the company Udacity, whom Brown sought out for guidance on MOOCs, or massive online open courses.

Anant Agarwal, president of edX, and Daphne Koller, co-founder and co-CEO of Coursera, both working on developing MOOCs, will be there as well.

Back in Sacramento, the Senate Rules Committee will be vetting a few more of Brown's appointments today, starting at 1:30 p.m. On the agenda: John R. Wallauch, chief of Bureau of Automotive Repair; Brian R. Leahy, director of pesticide regulation; and Robert Z. Wasserman, a member of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

The Greenlining Institute, meanwhile, is holding a symposium next week on California politics, with a panel discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 23 called "Journalism Forward: Reporting on Election Reform in a Diverse State" from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Speakers will include Eugene Lee of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Rosalind Gold of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund and Michelle Romero of the Greenlining Institute.


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