From cradle to career: Newsom’s vision for education reform in California

We invest in children, Jeff Sessions, we don’t tear them from their arms of their mothers and fathers,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told supporters in San Francisco on Tuesday night after winning 33.3 percent of the vote in the primary race for governor.

He was referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from undocumented immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Newsom’s remarks hinted at how his education policies, and those affecting children generally, could become intertwined with those of the Trump administration. In response to an EdSource questionnaire submitted to all leading gubernatorial candidates last month, Newsom outlined in detail what education reforms he would promote if elected governor.

GOP businessman John Cox, who will face Newsom in the November general election, did not fill out the questionnaire, but he did describe his education views in an extensive interview with EdSource reporter Nico Savidge, which is summarized in this article. 

The following is the full version of Newsom’s response: :

Is there anything from your personal education experience that will shape your education policies?

School did not always come easy for me, but thanks to the perseverance of my mother, and the dedication of my teachers, they finally named the problem — dyslexia. My dyslexia led me on a unique educational journey, one of self-pace and self-discovery. It’s what I needed to help me learn and it’s shaped my thinking today: I believe that every student in California deserves the same opportunity to achieve success.

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