Los Angeles – State Senators Scott Wiener and Steve Glazer, along with State Assemblymembers Blanca Rubio and Marc Berman announced today that they are endorsing Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. This follows an announcement earlier in the month that renowned education advocate State Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber is also supporting Tuck’s campaign.
In emails to campaign supporters, these state legislators expressed their desire to partner with Marshall on a plan to make California’s public schools among the best in the nation:
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, who represents the 48th Assembly District in Los Angeles County, said, “Marshall Tuck has actually done the critical work in some of the highest-needs communities in California. He has successfully improved schools serving mostly low-income children-of-color– that’s exactly the kind of track record we need for the state’s top school official.”
Assemblymember Rubio was born in Juarez, Mexico, and came to the United States with her parents at a young age for an opportunity to achieve a better quality of life, becoming a classroom teacher and local school board member before being elected to the State Assembly. The daughter of a factory worker and housekeeper, she has dedicated her life to public service. Her experiences and challenges growing up taught her the importance of a quality education.
Senator Scott Wiener represents Senate District 11, which includes San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. He said, “We are failing too many kids in California’s public schools, and we need visionary leadership to ensure that every child in our state can succeed. Marshall Tuck will push California to live up to our progressive values, and finally provide all kids a quality public education.”
Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee. Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with anti-LGBT hate laws.
Senator Glazer, who represents the 7th Senate District in the Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, said, “Our students and schools deserve an independent-minded advocate like Marshall Tuck. He will help us get past the tired debates among special interests, and bring Californians together around a shared vision that gives all children the education they deserve.”
Senator Glazer has become a forceful advocate in the legislature for smart, efficient and compassionate government. He has defied easy labels, working with a wide spectrum of groups with varying needs and issues.
Assemblymember Marc Berman represents the 24th Assembly District, which includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, in the heart of Silicon Valley. Of his endorsement, he said, “California is the innovation capital of the world. We need the best public schools to continue fueling California’s economy. Marshall Tuck knows what our schools need to thrive, because he’s done the work. That’s the kind of State Superintendent we need, and that our kids deserve.”
Assemblymember Berman previously served on the Palo Alto City Council and as the Development Director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, a nonprofit focused on STEM education and closing the achievement gap in Silicon Valley public schools.
Tuck said, “I am proud to add these leaders to the voices across California that are demanding better for our state’s children. Fulfilling the promise of public education will require us all coming together, and I am looking forward to working with leaders in the legislature to bring about the real changes our public schools need.”