Meet New CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond

On Monday, January 7, 2019, Tony Thurmond was sworn in as California’s 28th State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

According to the press release on Thurmond’s Inauguration:

Thurmond’s plan for improving schools includes lifting California from the bottom end of per-student spending to the top end. “Providing more money to our schools helps our students, our communities, and our economy. But most of all it helps create a bright future for our state,” he said.

His plan also includes the following:

  • Keeping schools safe by reducing gun violence.
  • Providing school-based mental and physical health services to ensure that students get the care they need and come to school healthy, alert, and ready to learn.
  • Expanding access to early education and after school programs to help reduce the achievement gap.
  • Making college and career pathways accessible to all students.
  • Alleviating the teacher shortage so that all schools have highly trained and certified teachers.
  • Improving the type of student data available to allow better research and analysis of student learning.
  • Renewing our commitment to helping English learners acquire the language skills they need rapidly, while retaining their native language.

Click here to read the full press release. 

Watch the recording of State Superintendent Thurmond’s Inauguration Ceremony below:

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