Candidates for governor of California share their thoughts on education

May 29, 2018

The leading candidates for governor of California at a debate in San Jose.

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Education will be one of the most critical issues for California’s next governor to address. And the candidates who want to lead the state have ambitious plans for its education systems that could affect Californians from their time in the womb through college and into the workplace.

EdSource sent a detailed questionnaire to the six leading candidates for governor to find out where they stand on some of the most pressing education topics in the state. The questions dive deep into early childhood, K-12 and higher education, touching on college affordability, the future of charter schools, California’s teacher shortage and more.

The race’s four leading Democratic candidates — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, State Treasurer John Chaing and former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin — answered the questions.

Campaigns for the two Republicans running for governor, businessman John Cox and Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, did not respond to EdSource’s questions. You can learn more about their positions on education here.

Click the candidate photo below to see how they responded.

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