VIDEO: Watch the candidates for governor on how they’d improve California schools

As our own Jessica Calefati has reported, California public schools tell a tale of two education systems. The achievement gap that separates well-off and needy students mirror the socioeconomic and racial disparities across the state. In 2017, 44 percent of white eighth-graders were deemed “proficient” or above on state math tests, while only 10 percent of black students and 15 percent of Latino students met that mark.

Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature have tried to close that gap by changing how public dollars are divvied up across school districts, but with limited success.

What would the next governor do? Watch for yourself below.

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