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.
Advocates challenge the next governor to do more to make college affordable.
All four leading Democratic candidates respond to EdSource questionnaire on education issues; the two leading Republicans did not.
The candidates differ on how they would work toward their goals to improve education in California.
The race's four leading Democrats answered questions that dive deep into early childhood, K-12 and higher education.
He has run charter schools and a nonprofit partnership of high-poverty schools in Los Angeles Unified.
Candidate for state superintendent ran programs for struggling kids 20 years before running for public office.
Campaign finance data for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Race for California, 2018
Spending accelerates ahead of June 5 primary
Contribution of $2 million from San Francisco philanthropist William Oberndorf boosts contributions to independent expenditure committee backing Villaraigosa to just over $16 million
Travis Allen's desire to cut funding for educating undocumented students is a reprise of the anti-immigrant fervor of the Proposition 187 era.
In contrast, the Republican candidates oppose providing state-subsidized preschool for all California 4-year-olds.
Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen offer vastly different visions for education than their Democratic opponents.
Major contributions went to independent expenditure committees supporting the candidates.
Contributions come at a critical period for Villaraigosa's campaign, as he vies to come out ahead of Republican contenders in the June 5 primary.
Periodically over the past century, state boards of education, governors and state superintendents have clashed over who should be setting education policy in California.