Tony Thurmond Hits $1M Cash on Hand For 2022 SPI Re-election Campaign

RICHMOND, CA - Today, Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced his campaign has raised $1 million for his 2022 re-election campaign for California Superintendent of Public Instruction.

RICHMOND, CA - Today, Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced his campaign has raised $1 million for his 2022 re-election campaign for California Superintendent of Public Instruction. After posting a strong third quarter, Thurmond raised $205,000 in July alone, to bring his campaign to over $1 million cash-on-hand.  

“Now more than ever we have a responsibility to double down on our work to ensure every child in California has access to a quality education,” Thurmond said. “The reality is that the pandemic exacerbated long-standing inequalities in our education system. Now we not only have to catch up on the loss of instruction over the last year, but we have to create an even playing field for Californian’s school children, which for too many is the surest way to break cycles of poverty.”

“I am proud of the work we have undertaken in the last three years, including launching major initiatives to close opportunity gaps for African American and Latino students, English Learners, students with disabilities, foster and homeless youth, and students from low-income backgrounds. And after a year of COVID-19 that saw budgets and resources stretched to a breaking point, I’m proud to have worked closely with the legislature and Governor Newsom on the 2020-21 budget to secure the highest education funding levels in decades.”

“Yet we know much more needs to be done. I look forward to earning another term as our state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and continuing our work to better the lives of California’s children through access to quality education.” 

Tony Thurmond’s story starts in the public school system and it changed his life for the better. As the state’s top public school official, Thurmond is trying to transform the public school system that allowed him to achieve his highest heights here in California. In his three years as Superintendent, Thurmond has shifted school disciplinary practices away from punitive measures to restorative practices, led as a key mediator during statewide teacher strikes which resulted in better pay and benefits, and worked to address the existing digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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