Elected every four years to a nonpartisan office, the California Superintendent of Public Instruction is the highest elected official responsible for K-12 schools. The state superintendent runs the 2,500-employee California Department of Education. Functions include administering federal grants, collecting school data, monitoring county offices of education and enforcing state education laws and regulations. The state superintendent advises the Legislature and governors on education policy and serves on the UC Board of Regents, the CSU Board of Trustees and several education agencies. (Read more)

Tony Thurmond

Tony Thurmond, a social worker by training, is a two-term Assemblyman from Richmond who previously served on the Richmond City Council and the West Contra Costa Unified school board, and ran nonprofits serving young people.

Marshall Tuck

Marshall Tuck, most recently Educator In Residence at the nonprofit New Teacher Center, was founding CEO of Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and first president of Green Dot Public Schools, a charter schools network.

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