Spending in the campaign for state superintendent of public instruction in California is expected to break records once again this fall, as charter school advocates and labor organizations focus on the race.
Although the Nov. 6 ballot will include races for governor and U.S. Senate, it is the nonpartisan contest between Democrats — Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond and Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive — for an office with limited power that is expected to attract the most money during the general election.
With seven weeks to go before Election Day, fundraising for Tuck has already surpassed what his supporters raised in the former school administrator’s unsuccessful run for superintendent four years ago.
“This is going to be the most expensive election, period,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Thurmond is a former social worker, school board member and council member in Richmond. Tuck is the former president of Green Dot Public Schools, a charter school organization based in Los Angeles, and CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a district-city initiative that runs 18 district schools.
Tuck will benefit from $10.8 million raised by an independent expenditure committee backing him as of Monday, compared to $4.9 million raised by an independent committee supporting Thurmond.
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Tune in to the Superintendent for Public Instruction Candidate Forum hosted in Oakland on September 15th. It’s clear that the candidate with unwavering support for public education, California kids, and the teaching profession is Tony Thurmond! Learn more about the fundamental differences between Thurmond and corporate-backed candidate Marshall Tuck here.
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Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, took initiative when he heard the controversial proposal by Betsy DeVos to allow federal funding critical for students to be used to purchase guns for classrooms. Thurmond immediately coordinated a town hall to hear feedback from folks in the community.
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As Education Secretary Betsy DeVos again suggested arming teachers in schools using federal funds, local gun safety experts and educators in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday night advocated getting guns out of schools.
Tony Thurmond Stands Strong for Public Education in Debate with Marshall Tuck
Candidate for SPI, Tony Thurmond at PPIC’s Debate
If it wasn’t already clear enough, a debate hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) on August 24th reaffirmed that there is only one candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) who will stand strong for students, the teaching profession, and public education in California: Tony Thurmond!
Thurmond opened the debate by noting that California has one of the strongest economies in the world, yet still ranks 46th in the nation for per-pupil spending. He emphasized: “Our top priority has to be increasing funding for public education….Our kids are number one and they deserve to know that they are number one.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is endorsing State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Leader Pelosi said:
“At a time when President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos threaten the quality of our public schools, Tony Thurmond is the champion California students need. Tony has repeatedly demonstrated his dedication to students by fighting to shift money from the criminal justice system to schools, ensuring students in foster care are financially able to attend college, and working to reduce California’s teacher shortage by advocating for teacher housing. I am confident he will continue this outstanding leadership as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.”
“I’m grateful for the endorsement of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who believes deeply in the fundamental right of every child to receive a world-class public education. I look forward to working with Leader Pelosi to protect funding for our California public schools and push back against President Trump and Secretary DeVos’s anti-public education agenda.”
Thurmond is also endorsed by the California Democratic Party, Senator Kamala Harris, and over a dozen members of California’s Democratic Congressional delegation.
Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta and the California Association of Bilingual Educators Political Action Committee have endorsed Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“Californians can count on Tony Thurmond to put children first and work each day to ensure every child has access to a quality education,” Huerta said.
“Education is the soul of America and the foundation of our democracy. Tony understands that a quality education has that power to up lift minority and underprivileged communities, and that is why I am so proud to support him,” she said.
“Tony Thurmond embraces opportunities for California students to develop multilingual skills in their Pre K-12 education,” said Rosalia Salinas, president of the Bilingual Educators PAC.
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