A Plan to Improve California's Public Schools

"Fighting for education starts with opposing the efforts by President Trump and Betsy DeVos to defund our public schools."

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Meet Tony

Tony Thurmond was born at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, to a mother who immigrated here from Panama to become a teacher, and a father from Detroit who came to Fort Ord as part of his army service in Vietnam.

Tony’s father left the family when he was just a young child. Tony next saw his father when Tony was 39 years old. Tony’s mother raised her four children as a single mom until she became too sick to do so. When Tony was six years old his mother lost her battle to cancer.

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Tony has made improving public education his top priority in the state assembly

Increased funding for early education programs.
Passed legislation to provide millions of dollars to school districts to keep kids in school and out of the criminal justice system.
Fought for money to make sure that all California youth in foster care have the opportunity to go to college.
This year Tony is fighting to provide more money for preschool and after school programs by shifting $450 million from our criminal justice system into our early education and after school programs.
Tony is working to expand school-based health, mental health, and social service programs to remove the barriers that impede the ability of many of our students to learn. This legislation will support students who are homeless or hungry or have experienced trauma.
This year Tony is reducing our statewide teacher shortage by advocating for housing for teachers and other incentives to attract and retain more great teachers.