Republican John Cox wants to expand access to charter schools and push public universities to cut their costs

It wasn’t President Trump that gave us one of the most expensive and failing school systems in the country. This is absolutely criminal to deprive our children of the education they deserve …the extra tax money they passed in Prop 30. It’s not going in to the classroom, it’s going to administrators and pensions,” GOP businessman John Cox told supporters on Tuesday night after coming in second behind Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in the primary for California governor.

“We need to get that money into the classroom. We need to give our children and our parents the education they deserve. And that includes building more charters, and giving parents choice, and encouraging home schooling.”

His remarks pointed out how Cox’s views on education are intertwined with those of the Trump administration, and could become an issue in the months leading to the general election in November.

Cox did not fill out a questionnaire EdSource sent to the leading primary candidates last month to get their views on a variety of education issues. He did describe his education views in an extensive interview with EdSource reporter Nico Savidge, last month. It is summarized in this article.

Below is an edited transcript of the interview:

Cox, from Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego County, now faces an uphill battle against Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco, in a state where registered Republicans make up only a quarter of voters.

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