California’s only gubernatorial debate mostly ignores education, even though a new poll finds parents of color place a high priority on improving the state’s public schools
Parents of color want California’s next governor to place a higher priority on improving public schools, a new poll finds. But as the two gubernatorial candidates held their first and perhaps only debate Monday, education barely came up. Republican businessman John Cox three times mentioned that the state’s schools are failing children, but there was...
By Laura Greanias | October 8, 2018
‘You do have a voice, and your voice matters’ — Latino parents and students in Los Angeles are encouraged to participate in upcoming elections
*Updated Sept. 27 With critical elections in November for leaders in California who will affect children’s education, Latino parents need to know that their voice matters and that they can make a difference — even if they can’t vote. That was the message from school and community organizers at a weekend workshop for dozens of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 26, 2018
From the schoolhouse to the state house: These 5 teachers are running for office to say ‘No more’ to slashed education funding
If you don’t count high school student body president, Aimy Steele has never held political office. But as a teacher and school administrator, she’s run classrooms and schools, and now she’s running to represent her district in North Carolina’s state house of representatives. Steele and thousands of teachers around the country got a taste of...
By Laura Fay | September 4, 2018
Education is a critical area for Latino voters to exert influence as immigration furor fuels newfound political activism, experts say
As immigration issues drive more Latinos into political activism, education is a ripe opportunity for Latino parents to wield considerable influence. A panel of education experts at a national convention last weekend in Miami agreed that Latino parents have catapulted this year from being mostly silent on political issues to becoming a significant voice in...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 25, 2018
With education sidelined in a Newsom-Cox governor’s race, focus on California’s schools shifts to battle for state superintendent
With the school reform-minded candidate knocked out of the race for California governor, and two remaining candidates on separate sides of the aisle, hot-button issues like immigration are likely to overshadow education in the months leading up to November’s general election. Now, the focus and energy around education will likely shift to the nonpartisan race...
By Mario Koran | June 8, 2018
California primary results: Newsom and Cox advance to November’s gubernatorial race; Tuck leads Thurmond in battle for state superintendent
Updated June 6 California voters swept Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom into a solid lead for governor, while Republicans rallied to push businessman John Cox into second place, setting up a blue-red contest in November’s general election, according to preliminary results from Tuesday’s primary. In the other statewide contest that will significantly impact California public school students, Marshall...
By Laura Greanias and Mario Koran | June 6, 2018
California’s surprising primary: 6 ways this year’s races for governor & superintendent resurfaced a north-south divide in education politics
June 6 update: Gavin Newsom and John Cox will advance to a blue-red contest in November’s general election for governor; Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond finish one and two for state superintendent. Read more about the results, the demographics, and the reactions in this Wednesday morning dispatch. In a state as sprawling and diverse as California, most political...
By Mario Koran | June 4, 2018
Your #EDlection2018 primer: The facts, figures, and faces that will shape Tuesday’s primary
Tomorrow is California’s long-awaited primary, and education watchers are all-eyes on two races. At the top of the ticket is the governor, with 27 candidates. The most important question won’t be who comes in first — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom maintains a commanding lead — but who makes it to the No. 2 spot. In...
By Laura Greanias | June 4, 2018
#EDlection2018: Your quick guide to the 4 candidates running for state superintendent & highlights from their interviews
*Updated May 29 A week from today is California’s primary, and four candidates are running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. LA School Report interviewed all four on what makes for a high-quality school, how to engage parents, how to help the lowest-performing schools, why they’re running, and more. Here are edited highlights from each...
By Laura Greanias | May 29, 2018
#EDlection 2018: Steven Ireland on why he’s running for state superintendent as ‘the parent candidate’
Steven Ireland is one of four candidates running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Ireland, 59, was the last to enter the race. He is nonpartisan, has never run for office before, and is running as “the parent candidate.” The only position he has held in education was PTA president at Toluca Lake Elementary School,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 23, 2018