State Superintendent Candidates' Forum
Candidates for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction will share their plans and positions on important topics related to education. Marshall Tuck and Tony Thurmond will answer questions from a panel of moderators and respond to questions during an audience Q&A. This is an opportunity for school and district employees, administrators, and representatives throughout the North Bay to learn more about each candidate.
- Dr. Robert Haley, Superintendent, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
- Jenni Klose, School Board President, Santa Rosa City Schools
- Pete Stefanisko, WDEA President and Teacher, Windsor Unified School District
- Rachel Valenzuela, Director of Student Services and Special Education, Mark West Union School District
|When||November 14, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm
SCOE, Redwood Rooms A-C
In 2007, Tuck became the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Mayor’s office and LA Unified School District to operate 17 struggling elementary, middle, and high schools serving 15,000 students. Under Tuck’s leadership, these schools raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60 percent, and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students. The Partnership launched the innovative Parent College, creating a national model for getting parents more involved in their kids’ education. Tuck was most recently an educator-in-residence at the New Teacher Center (NTC), a nonprofit organization working with school districts to help develop and retain effective teachers and principals.
In 2014, Tuck ran an underdog campaign against the incumbent state superintendent, forcing him into a run-off before narrowly losing with 48 percent of the vote. Before devoting his career to helping students, Tuck was a senior leader at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Prior to that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally. The son of a teacher, Tuck was born in Burlingame, CA and attended parochial elementary school and public middle and high schools. A graduate of UCLA and Harvard Business School, Tuck lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mae, and their son Mason.
Tony has deep roots in education. Between 2008 and 2012 he served on the West Contra County School Board. He oversaw truancy prevention programs, supported school based mental health programs, and launched a program called CEO Youth to teach entrepreneurship and life skills to disadvantaged students. Tony served on the Richmond City Council from 2005-2008. While on the council he served as liaison to Richmond’s Youth Commission and Workforce Investment Board and the Council Liaison to the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Tony is a graduate and former student body president of Temple University. Assemblymember Thurmond did his graduate work at Bryn Mawr College where he received dual master's degrees in law and social policy and social work. Tony is the proud parent of two public school students. They are his inspiration, and a constant reminder about the promise of our neighborhood schools and the strong future that every child deserves.
|Audience||School and district employees, administrators, and representatives throughout Sonoma County and surrounding counties.|
|Registration||Kimberly Vallée, (707) 524-2603, email@example.com|
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