This summer, President Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan called on all of us to “forget the lies in the state schools superintendent’s race.” He said:
It’s also no surprise that [Tuck’s opponents] are putting out misinformation about Tuck because [they] can’t beat him with the truth. They can’t attack Tuck’s record in improving education for children, so they must make things up. For example, it is a lie when they suggest that Tuck is aligned with Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. And it is exactly these types of political games that rob voters of the opportunity to consider the real issues at stake for kids.
He urged us, instead, to focus on the “truth about Golden State students.” In the final month of this campaign, his admonishment is as relevant as ever. In guest letters, blogs, and- now- even our opponent’s TV ad, lies and misinformation are being used to distract voters. We’re keeping track, and setting the record straight, below:
What they say: Marshall is aligned with Betsy DeVos.
What they say: Marshall is a Wall Street banker.
What they say: Marshall wants to privatize public schools.
What they say: Teachers at Marshall’s schools gave him a vote of “no confidence.”
What they say: Marshall lowered standards in order to lift graduation rates.
What they say: Marshall accepted money from a strong supporter of Proposition 8– the 2008 anti-marriage equality initiative.