Four years ago I highlighted Marshall Tuck’s run for California Superintendent of Public Instruction here. He came close, but did not win. Now Tuck is back to try again. I met him last night at a fundraiser which gave me a chance to hear about his platform. There are at least two good reasons to vote for a candidate. You can support their platform. Or you may be forced to vote against a candidate you don’t like–the “lesser of two evils” approach. I think they both point to a vote for Tuck.
Over the course of an hour of Q&A, Tuck demonstrated a firm grasp of a wide variety of issues. He understands the the role of charter schools and how workable approaches can be shared with public school districts. He demonstrated that understanding with examples that are precluded by the ponderous California Education Code, like work-study options, for example. He showed a grasp of the financials including the pension explosion (no pun intended, just $80 billion unfunded) and pointed to some additional funding options (e.g. the marijuana taxes and the new Internet sales taxes). And he has feet on the ground experience in the LA public schools. You get the drift and can read more here.
Getting him to address the second issue of his opponent’s record took a bit of prodding, but Tuck is well aware of Thurmond’s shortcomings as enumerated by the SF Chronicle here. You should click through and read the litany of failures before you vote.
I wasn’t the only B’gamer attending last night. There was a bit of a hometown feel since Tuck grew up in B’game and later H’borough and he went to OLA and Crocker. I met our own B’game Elementary School District superintendent, Maggie MacIsaac, at the event and she was very clear on her support of Marshall’s platform. That is actually a third reason to vote for someone– when a trusted advisor recommends it. Here is Maggie and Marshall and the Education Code tome that could probably use a good trimming down.