Some good news for California teachers
Public schools teachers in California got some good news from the midterm elections: Their candidate won in the race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The superintendent is California’s top educator, charged with providing policy and direction to local school districts and serving on the governing boards of the state’s higher education systems.
In the primary election, the highest-profile candidate, state Sen. Gloria Romero, was backed by the charter school industry but she was knocked out of the running. She ungraciously posted the following on her Web site:
“The victors in the race for superintendent of public instruction were two different wings of the same status-quo education establishment. The interests of the reform community ... lost.” The statement complained about “an education morass which remains complacent with failure,” an obvious jab at teachers.
The general election contest was between Larry Aceves and Tom Torlakson. Aceves is a former teacher, principal and county superintendent who called for equitable funding. He changed his registration from Democrat to Independent.
Torlakson, a veteran state assembly member and former teacher, was the pro-teacher candidate, supported by the California Federation of Teachers. He often carried education historian Diane Ravitch’s "The Death and Life of the Great American School System” around with him. The book is a sharp critique of No Child Left Behind, charter schools and business-driven school reforms favored by the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, it was just announced that Gloria Romero has been hired by the pro-charter organization Democrats for Education Reform. It will be her job to give the group a presence in every large California city.
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| November 4, 2010; 11:19 AM ET
Categories: Teachers | Tags: california, california teachers, cft, charter schools, dfer, diane ravitch, gloria romero, state superintendent, tom torlakson
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