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It’s Official

Thurmond Wins Race for State School Superintendent

By Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle - November 30, 2018

Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, declared victory on November 17 in the close, costly and contentious race to become the next state superintendent of public instruction.

Thurmond said in a tweet that his chief rival in the race, Marshall Tuck, had called to congratulate him...

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New Dates for Education Officials to Assume Office, Effective January 1

November 30, 2018

A new law will change the date that members of a county board of education, school district governing board, or community college district governing board take office. Assembly Bill (AB) 2449, which resolves clashing Education Code and Elections Code provisions, becomes effective on January 1, 2019.

Background

Existing Education Code provisions require newly-elected county board of education members to be seated on the last Friday in November and newly-elected school and community college district board members to be seated on the first Friday in December. The Elections Code provides that during even-year elections, county election officials have up to 30 days after Election Day to certify voting results. Thus, certification of the vote could occur after the dates for seating new board members. This conflict has up until now created a conundrum for governing boards, which were forced to either abide by the Education Code and seat new members before election results were certified or ignore the Education Code and wait for the completion of the certification process to seat new board members...

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Thurmond Names Lupita Cortez Alcalá as CDE’s Incoming Chief Deputy Superintendent

November 30, 2018

On November 20, Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Tony Thurmond announced Lupita Cortez Alcalá as his pick for Chief Deputy Superintendent.

Cortez Alcalá is currently the Executive Director of the California Student Aid Commission, administering over $2 billion in financial aid, and is a prominent voice in the statewide discussion on college affordability and reform of financial aid...

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Two California Congressmen Aligned with Trump Lose Seats

Tony Thurmond Edging Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent as More Ballots Are Tallied

November 15, 2018

On election night (Nov. 6), candidate Marshall Tuck was leading candidate Tony Thurmond by some 86,000 votes in the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and appeared headed for victory.

But in the days that followed, as county election departments up and down the state processed vote-by-mail ballots that were turned in at polling places on election day, as well as vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by election day, and provisional ballots cast at polling places on election day, those numbers began to shift...

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California Department of Public Health Advisory:
Stay Indoors and Reduce Outdoor Activity To Avoid Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

November 15, 2018

On November 12, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith advised residents where wildfires have been burning, along with people in the smoke's path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity.

"Smoke from wildfires can cause eye and lung irritation. Breathing smoke can also make asthma symptoms worse. People with underlying lung or heart problems should limit their exposure by staying indoors," said Dr. Smith. "Heavy smoke exposure can also cause more serious disorders, including reduced lung function and bronchitis...

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States Should Equip Principals to Lead the Youngest Learners in their Schools

November 1, 2018
By Abbie Lieberman, New America Foundation

Each day, thousands of elementary school principals work tirelessly to ensure that our elementary schools are nurturing and educational places for teachers and students. Increasingly those students are as young as three years old. Yet a 2015 survey found that even though a majority of elementary principals are now responsible for pre-K classrooms, only about 20 percent of those principals feel well-versed in early childhood education.

As my colleagues Roxanne Garza and Melissa Tooley wrote in a recent blog, October was National Principals Month, and it’s an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of these sometimes overlooked professionals. As leaders of their schools, it’s no surprise that principals play a critical role in school quality. Research continues to reveal how important the early years are to children’s long-term success, and principals need to understand how young children learn best. They must be able to support their pre-K teachers, as well as their kindergarten through third grade teachers...

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California School Board Members Express Support for Local Control

November 1, 2018

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is improving services for disadvantaged students, increasing community engagement, producing higher levels of investment in social and emotional learning, and increasing the resources and training needed to implement academic standards. That was the consensus of school board members in a recent survey from the California School Boards Association (CSBA), which was conducted as part of the Getting Down to Facts II research project...

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A Costly Race for California’s State Superintendent

November 1, 2018
By Jennifer Medina and Inyoung Kang, writing for the New York Times’ California Today blog

Even among the most engaged voters, the race for state superintendent may not attract much attention. But in California, it is attracting huge amounts of money: upward of $50 million, mostly funneled to outside groups running advertisements in the race.

The battle for the state schools chief is between two Democrats: Tony Thurmond, a state assemblyman from the Bay Area, and Marshall Tuck, a former education executive from Los Angeles. The state superintendent, a nonpartisan office, does not have any independent policymaking authority, making the costly race even more peculiar. But charter school supporters have thrown millions behind Mr. Tuck, while the state teachers’ unions have given their dollars to attract votes for Mr. Thurmond...

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CSBA Candidate Profile: Tony Thurmond

October 20, 2018
(The California School Boards Association recently asked the two candidates in the November runoff election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer a written response to ten questions about K-12 education in California. Below are the responses from candidate Tony Thurmond.)

Q1: What is your view on the role that locally elected school boards play in public education in California ?

I want to start by inviting all school board members in California to join me for a tele-town hall on October 25 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Please email townhall@tonythurmond.com to RSVP and to share with me directly your input on changes you would like to see at the California Department of Education, support needed from the SPI, and concerns and ideas you have about public education...

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ACSA Offers Tips Regarding How to Help New School Board Trustees Hit the Ground Running After Election Day

October 20, 2018
By Nancy Price

November’s ballot will include many school board races across California, with challengers and incumbents vying to represent districts and set their mark on local education policy. 

For a superintendent whose tenure begins only shortly before new trustees come on board and as well as longtime district chiefs, an election can shift the political sands, bringing new relationships and personalities to the table. Helping new board members hit the ground running will help smooth the transition...

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CSBA Candidate Profile: Marshall Tuck

October 20, 2018
(The California School Boards Association recently asked the two candidates in the November runoff election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction to offer a written response to ten questions about K-12 education in California. Below are the responses from candidate Marshall Tuck.)

Experience/Relationships with schools:

As the son of a public school teacher, the product of public schools, and a public school parent, I believe strongly in the power of public schools. But California’s public schools need big changes to give all students the education they deserve - and I have spent the last 16 years working to deliver those changes for kids and families...

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