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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.

“I intend to be a champion of public schools & a Superintendent for all CA students,” Thurmond tweeted.

Tuck, a charter school executive, eked out a narrow lead on election night, but Thurmond steadily chipped away at it. On Saturday afternoon, Thurmond led by about 150,000 votes, 50.8 percent to 49.2 percent.

Thurmond said in a Tweet: “I want to thank the voters of CA for electing me to serve the 6 million students of CA. I intend to be a champion of public schools & a Superintendent for all CA students. I want to thank Marshall Tuck for his gracious call to congratulate me & wish me well. Time to get to work!

The tight race saw a record level of spending - more than $50 million. Tuck attracted deep-pocketed education reformers, including Gap co-founder Doris Fisher and philanthropist Eli Broad. A representative from Tuck’s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In addition to overseeing the state Department of Education, which administers the $93 billion education budget, the superintendent sits on the governing boards of the University of California and California State University systems, and of the $219 billion teachers’ pension fund.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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