Marshall Tuck believes in the power of public schools to change lives and he has spent almost two decades working to make it happen. Currently, Tuck serves as a strategic advisor to a number of education foundations and non-profits that are focused on improving the quality of education for historically underserved children in California. Tuck ran for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction in both 2018 and 2014. Tuck’s campaigns were centered around the ideas that all children deserve a quality education and that big changes are needed in our public schools in order for every child to have access to a quality public school. In the 2018 election, Tuck received 5.2 million votes (49.1%), raised over $5 million (most ever raised in this race), secured the endorsement of the vast majority of the State’s newspapers, and was supported by a number of elected officials from both parties.
Prior to running for State Superintendent in 2018, Tuck wasthe 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. Tuck worked closely with NTC’s CEO and senior leadership team to expand and deepen NTC’s work with school districts to develop and implement quality mentoring and coaching programs for teachers and principals. NTC’s programs have been proven to increase student outcomes in both Math and English and have improved teacher retention in districts by as much as 30%.
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From 2007 to 2013, Tuck served as the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a groundbreaking collaboration between the Mayor’s office, key philanthropists, and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turnaround some of the lowest performing public schools in Los Angeles. The Partnership currently operates 18 elementary, middle, and high schools serving approximately 14,500 students. Under Tuck’s leadership, these public schools raised four-year graduation rates by more than 60%, and had the highest academic improvement among California’s school systems with more than 10,000 students. In operation now for over a decade, the Partnership’s graduation rates have grown from 36% to 81%, suspension rates dropped from 21% to 3% and the Partnership is considered a national model for turning around historically low performing public schools.
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Before joining the Partnership, Tuck was thePresident of the nonprofit Green Dot Public Schools, where he helped to buildthe organization and played a critical role in the development of 10 new public charter schools in some of Los Angeles’ highest need neighborhoods. All of the schools outperformed local schools on all key academic performance metrics – and 8 have been ranked among the top high schools in America by U.S. News & World Report. Tuck also led the strategic shift for Green Dot to move into turning around failing public schools in addition to opening new public charter schools. Green Dot currently serves approximately 15,000 students in 30 schools in California, Tennessee and Washington and its students are 4 times more likely to graduate college-ready than students in neighboring schools. The U.S. Department of Education has featured Green Dot as a national leader in school turnarounds.
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Tuck currently serves on the Board of Directors at Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and Parent Revolution and previously served on the boards of Innovate Public Schools and Lighthouse Community Charter School. Tuck also serves as a strategic advisor to a number of education foundations and non-profit organizations. Tuck taught English and Math internationallyin Zimbabwe and Thailand and tutored low-income students early in his career.
Before devoting his career full-time to helping students, Tuck was a senior leader at Model N, an enterprise software company based in the Bay Area and he also worked in finance at Solomon Brothers.
The son of a teacher, Tuck 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.