Elections have a major impact on California education. Voters have passed ballot measures such as Proposition 98 in 1988, which set the level of state education funding, and Proposition 227 in 1998, which banned bilingual education until voters reversed the ban with Prop. 58 in 2016. Voters also elect the state superintendent of public instruction and local school board members for the state’s nearly 1,000 districts. Perhaps most significantly, they elect governors who have the most control over what happens to education in terms of funding, in appointing members to the State Board of Education and to the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.
Thurmond has a 67,000 lead, with millions of votes yet to be tallied.
Voters approved about 80 percent of 112 school facility bonds and 8 of 13 parcel but a lot of votes remain to be counted.
As of Thursday evening, election results show Marshall Tuck leading Tony Thurmond 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, a margin of about 69,000 votes.
High-spending campaign for a job with little power but a big megaphone comes down to wire.
Contest between Wilson Riles and Max Rafferty in 1970 far more incendiary than current race for state superintendent of public instruction
California's new governor will be the key player in introducing new reforms. But where the funds to pay for them would come from is anyone's guess.
School board races in Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa Unified attract contributions
Whether it's clamping down on charter schools or changing teacher tenure, candidates can say a lot more than they can actually do.
EdVoice and the California Teachers Association are making their influence felt in dozens of campaigns for Assembly and Senate.
Poll shows Marshall Tuck favored by two-thirds of Republicans, half of independent voters, and one-third of Democrats in the week before the Nov. 6 election.
There can no longer be complacency with incrementalism when it comes to education equity in California. The stakes are too high for our children, for our state, and for our nation
Pretty much every candidate who talks about education at all this year will promise change. It’s up to us as voters to figure out whether they mean it.
Marshall Tuck has a more 2-to-1 advantage over Tony Thurmond in direct donations and $28.7 million in funding from independent committees.
San Francisco is the only city in California where parents without U.S. citizenship are allowed to vote in school board elections, but only 49 registered, amid warnings that ICE could find their addresses.
Organizers are attempting to reverse the historically low turnout among young voters.