The $40-million race for California schools chief is a proxy fight in a long-running war over education

Oct 23, 2018 by

History has found few statewide races more sleepy than the campaigns for superintendent of public instruction, perhaps because the job is thin on duties that aren’t tangled in the web of control over K-12 schools.

And yet, this year’s race is a $40-million blockbuster that is more costly than for any California office aside from governor.

It’s also a sequel to 2014 when some $30 million was spent in the war between bitter education rivals, each convinced it has the better way — and the better candidate — to fix what’s broken in state education policy.

On one side is a consortium of wealthy backers of charter schools; on the other, powerful teachers unions. The pro-charter forces support Marshall Tuck, a Los Angeles Democrat who lost a close race four years ago to the now termed-out Supt. Tom Torlakson. Tuck’s second try for the job pits him against Tony Thurmond, a Bay Area Democrat who gave up a safe seat in the Assembly and is backed by the unions.

Source: The $40-million race for California schools chief is a proxy fight in a long-running war over education – Los Angeles Times

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