Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck

In summary

Candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck, sharing their thoughts on charter schools, teacher tenure, their job qualifications, California’s educational issues and more.

In less than two weeks, Californians decide who will lead public education in the state. Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck, both Democrats, are vying to be the next Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a race that has drawn tens of millions of dollars in campaign money and evolved into a proxy battle between organized labor and education reformers.

Thurmond, a current member of the Assembly and former social worker, is backed by the state’s teachers unions. And Tuck, a former executive at a nonprofit public school partnership and a charter school network, has the support of nonprofit charter school advocates.

CALmatters’ reporters interviewed both candidates for our in-depth voter guide. Here’s a video comparing their positions on charter schools, teacher tenure, why they’re qualified for the job, and the issues facing California’s public schools.

All of this in less than 10 minutes.

Learn more about the candidates and watch their full interviews on our in-depth elections guide.

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Byrhonda Lyons is a national award-winning video journalist for CalMatters. She creates compelling multimedia stories about how California policy affects people’s everyday lives. From the state’s mental...