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
#EDlection 2018: Lily Ploski on why she’s running for state superintendent as ‘the progressive third option’
Lily E. Ploski is one of four candidates running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is running as an independent. Ploski, 44, was raised in public schools in Orange County and Riverside County and attended community college at Diablo Valley College in the Bay Area, where she found her life’s passion to work in...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 23, 2018
#EDlection 2018: Tony Thurmond on well-trained teachers and why he’s running for state superintendent
*Updated May 29 Tony Thurmond is one of four candidates running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Thurmond, 49 and a Democrat, is in his second term representing Richmond in the state Assembly. He was born at Ford Ord in Monterey. After his mother, a Panamanian immigrant, died when he was 6 years old, he...
By Laura Greanias | May 22, 2018
#EDlection 2018: Marshall Tuck on good school leadership and why he’s running for state superintendent
*Updated May 21 Marshall Tuck is one of four candidates running for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. He spent two years as educator-in-residence at the New Teacher Center, from 2015 to 2017. The Santa Cruz-based nonprofit seeks to improve student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders. Previously, he led...
By Laura Greanias | May 20, 2018
At special children’s forum, California governor candidates lament state’s treatment of kids & point to education as the way forward
*Updated June 21 If Tuesday night’s California gubernatorial candidate forum had been a debate, the hands-down winner would have been a slender 11-year-old in a mint-green dress shirt. “It really bothers me to see homeless people on the streets or kids begging,” Eric Dory, a fifth-grader from South Los Angeles who attends Open Magnet Charter...
By Beth Hawkins | May 16, 2018
#EDlection2018: ‘I will be the education governor,’ Antonio Villaraigosa vows at LA’s candidate forum on children’s issues
Even before he stepped onto the stage at Tuesday evening’s forum for gubernatorial candidates on children’s issues, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa let it be known that schools would be at the forefront of his statewide agenda. “I will be California’s education governor,” he told LA School Report backstage on the campus of Los...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 15, 2018