the California Teachers Association this weekend mobilized supporters to boost voter turnout on behalf of two ballot measures -- Propositions 55 and 58 -- that will have a direct bearing on schools and community colleges.
In a sign of how much term limits are affecting the legislative process in California, freshman legislators have been appointed to chair four out of six key committees handling education and children's issues – even though they had no prior experience as lawmakers in the state Capital.
In the hours since Marshall Tuck’s daunting but failed effort to unseat incumbent State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, education and political observers have reached different conclusions about the election and its significance.
One immediate consequence of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s rebuff of challenger Marshall Tuck is to ensure the continuance of the cohesion in state education policy that has been forged since Gov. Jerry Brown returned to Sacramento four years ago.
The battle for California's state superintendent of public instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the governor's race by three times, and it is also the most expensive state superintendent race in at least 12 years.
Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck agree on some key policies but disagree on some hot-button political issues. Here's a summary of where the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction stand.