With the Nov. 6 election fast approaching, Louis and John interview candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. Thurmond, a two-term Assemblyman from Richmond and former social worker, defends the financial support he is receiving from teachers unions while criticizing independent expenditures for Marshall Tuck, his opponent,  by wealthy backers of charter schools. Thurmond describes how he would gradually rebuild the California Department of Education, which a new research report concluded is understaffed and underfunded. He explains why he advocates a “pause” in the approval of new charter schools and calls for a statewide effort to ensure all students can read proficiently by 3rd grade.

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