Join us for a conversation with Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck as EdSource’s John Fensterwald and Louis Freedberg ask about their positions on critical issues and their visions for California’s public schools.

Tuck and Thurmond are the front runners in the race to lead the California Department of Education (CDE), which oversees the state’s nearly 1,000 school districts and more than 10,000 public schools.

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What does California’s superintendent of public instruction do? A quick guide

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reads to schoolchildren.

The job of state superintendent of public instruction has been around since California itself. This Q&A explains what the state superintendent does and doesn’t do and why a job with limited policy authority periodically has been in the crosshairs of legislators and governors.

This year, there are four candidates vying for the position.*  Click the links below to visit their websites:

* Due to time limitations, this live broadcast focused on the two leading candidates.