State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond took office early this year and quickly announced a top goal: closing the achievement gap for students of color. Hear him speak about his vision and why he thinks he can succeed where others have failed.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction runs California’s Department of Education. He doesn’t have the power to make policy — he’s got to work with the governor and legislature on that. But he sets a vision for the state’s six million public school students. Our current superintendent is Tony Thurmond — a social worker and former state Assemblyman and school board member.
He’s also African American and one of his big goals is to close the achievement gap for kids of color. Hundreds of educators and advocates have convened across the state in recent months to brainstorm ideas, and recommendations are expected any day now from a work group digging into the topic. along with others focused on related issues like early education and literacy.
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