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Education issues start to take shape in California’s governor’s race


October 26, 2017
Sarah Favot
LA School Report

Even though it’s eight months until next year’s primary election, the candidates hoping to be California’s next governor are starting to reveal their positions on education.

The key issues being discussed? Whether mayors should be given control of their local school boards, a moratorium on new charter schools, and more money for early childhood education.

Also, one of the state’s biggest teacher union, California Teachers Association announced its endorsement in the governor’s race last week.

  • Former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in an interview he believes in mayoral control for all California school districts.
  • In a blog post on Medium, Delaine Eastin, former state superintendent of public instruction, called for a moratorium on new charter schools throughout the state.
  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has talked on the campaign trail about investing more money in early childhood education, as has state Treasurer John Chiang. Newsom has also talked about his opposition to for-profit charter schools and about holding charter schools more accountable for how they spend public money.
  • Villaraigosa is the only candidate who would commit to reforming teacher tenure laws.
  • CTA endorsed Newsom last week.