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Letter to the Editor: Marshall Tuck will Put Students First

By Matt Taylor, Member of the Yolo County Board of Education, to the Davis Enterprise

As a local education leader, elected in 2014 to serve on the Yolo County School Board, I know firsthand that our public schools need big changes to give all students access to the education they deserve. Our schools need increased and equitable funding to help close persistent achievement gaps.

 We need to continue the focus on local control, allowing school boards, school leaders and parents the freedom to identify practices that work and continue to innovate in our public schools. I believe we need a leader as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction who has led a public school system that has delivered life altering outcomes for kids. Therefore, I write this letter in support of Marshall Tuck for the position of California state superintendent of public instruction.
Marshall’s vision for California schools where he intends to put the interests of students above all is a compelling one. Far too often, we allow the interests of adults to drive our education policy. Focusing on our students first and foremost is critical to improving outcomes for California’s students. The president of the Association of California School Administrators says, “Every one of his guiding principles maintains the objective of prioritizing students.”
Marshall was the founding CEO of the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a collaboration between Los Angeles city government and L.A. Unified School District to advance nearly 20 struggling schools serving 15,000 students. Under his leadership, the partnership increased 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. He helped create 10 new public charter high schools in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods.
California schools are in need of new leadership, a man who truly will put the interests of our students first.