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MAY 2, 2024 / PRESS

STATE LEADER HONORED FOR FURTHERING HOLOCAUST EDUCATION

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond was honored on April 29 by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus for his leadership in Holocaust and genocide education. Thurmond was honored along with leaders and educators from the Jewish Family & Children’s Services Holocaust Center as well as Holocaust survivors and their descendants who have chosen to share their stories as part of educational initiatives...

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APRIL 8, 2024 / OP-ED

OPINION: WHY AREN’T WE TALKING ABOUT TRUMP'S PLAN TO END THE U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION?

As the makeup of the 2024 Presidential election is now solidified and folks across the country are rightly shining a spotlight on the dangerous policies that Donald Trump has proposed for a second term, there remains a highly important and extremely radical set of policies that have not yet received the widespread alarm or attention surrounding Trump’s plan to dismantle America’s public education system...

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MARCH 30, 2024 / PRESS

CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENT AIMS TO MAKE PERSONAL FINANCE COURSE A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

“This effort is fundamentally about empowering our youth and uplifting our communities. Personal finance provides our young people with the tools to understand and improve their own economic situation, and by establishing personal finance as a requirement for California students through Assembly Bill 2927, we would ensure that this powerful opportunity is afforded to all,” said Thurmond.

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JANUARY 17, 2024 / PRESS

TONY THURMOND SURPASSES 250 ENDORSERS IN BID FOR GOVERNOR

In another powerful illustration of his wide-ranging support across the state from community leaders and elected officials in the race for California Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today rolled out 105 new endorsements, bringing his total endorsements from leaders throughout California to more than 250...

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OCTOBER 11, 2023 / NEWS

STATE SEEKS EXPANSION OF PAID INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond launched a statewide paid internships effort on Oct. 10 by hosting an event that explored ways to design paid training and career coaching programs. Thurmond also reaffirmed the state’s commitment to preparing students for the jobs of the future. The effort’s goals include helping prevent youth from engaging in crime...

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 / NEWS

LGBTQ+ ALLY TONY THURMOND ANNOUNCES FOR HIS BID FOR GOVERNOR

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction and long-time LGBTQ+ community ally Tony Thurmond, announced Tuesday that he is running to be the next Governor of California. If elected, Thurmond would make history as California’s first Black Governor and the first Latino Governor since 1875...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 / NEWS

CALIFORNIA’S SCHOOLS CHIEF ANNOUNCES 2026 RUN FOR GOVERNOR

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor of the Golden State in 2026. “California’s had a lot of governors. My story is nothing like theirs. I didn’t come from money, power, or influence,” Thurmond said in a video posted to X over clips of Ronald Reagan and other past gubernatorial figures...

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 / NEWS

EDUCATION OFFICIAL ANNOUNCES RUN TO REPLACE NEWSOM

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has thrown his hat into the ring to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, who terms out in 2026. In a nearly four-minute-long video, Thurmond speaks on homelessness, income inequality and falling rates of home ownership. “California should be a place where everyone has a chance to succeed, no matter who you are or where you’re from, and together, we can make that a reality,” he said...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 / NEWS

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT TONY THURMOND ANNOUNCES RUN FOR GOVERNOR

California school superintendent Tony Thurmond on Tuesday announced he's running for governor in 2026. In a social media post, the Democrat wrote: "I didn’t come from money, power, or influence. I'm running for Governor to be a voice for those who need one — because California may be working for millionaires and billionaires but for the rest of California —  we need real change."

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 / NEWS

THURMOND HONORED FOR ADVANCING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond was honored with the Children’s Champion Award by LA’s BEST, an after-school enrichment program. The award recognizes Superintendent Thurmond’s substantial contributions to the field of education, his advocacy for greater equity in opportunities for future generations, and his unwavering support of after school programming...

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2023 / VIDEO

TONY THURMOND APPEARS ON MSNBC

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AUGUST 14, 2023 / VIDEO

CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT TALKS ABOUT CHALLENGES WITH TEACHER RECRUITMENT

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will host a teacher recruitment summit Monday in support of the launch of a statewide effort to get more teachers in state public schools. He said that the nation is experiencing a teacher shortage, so California is offering a $20,000 scholarship for people who want to get a teaching credential and other incentives...

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AUGUST 14, 2023 / NEWS

STATE SUPERINTENDENT TO HOST TEACHER RECRUITMENT SUMMIT TO ADDRESS EDUCATOR SHORTAGE

"Addressing the educator shortage is one of the most important things we can do to support student achievement," Thurmond said. "We must increase compensation, prioritize training, improve working conditions, and pursue all strategies that can help our schools add staff to help our students thrive. The Summit and launch of the new coalition will help us maximize every idea and opportunity for reducing the teacher shortage."

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JUNE 22, 2023 / NEWS

TASK FORCE SAYS CALIFORNIA TEXTBOOKS SHOULD REFLECT STATE'S DIVERSITY

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and legislators on a new task force on inclusive education extracted commitments Wednesday from publishers and vowed more oversight with potential penalties on school boards that resist state policies on inclusive materials...

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AUGUST 9, 2022 / NEWS

NEW GRANT PROGRAM TO HELP ASPIRING SCHOOL COUNSELORS

“Our students deserve and need to have more support and we’re grateful to have resources we can use to help them. We recognize it will take time to build out many of these resources. That’s why we’ve embarked on such a big number,” California State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond said at an event last Thursday announcing the new program...

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APRIL 1, 2022 / NEWS

CALIFORNIA PUSHES NEW EFFORTS TO BOOST EARLY READING SKILLS

State education leaders say hiring more literacy coaches and specialists to work with both teachers and students is a key to getting all students to read by the third grade by 2026. California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond set that 2026 goal last fall and assembled a task force of educators, parents and education experts to recommend policies to improve years of low reading scores throughout California...

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DECEMBER 29, 2021 / NEWS

THURMOND UNVEILS MENTORING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED EXTRA HELP

A new mentoring program in California will match adult volunteers with middle and high school students to provide basic tutoring, career coaching and guidance about life in general, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Wednesday...

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