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September 29, 2022

Thurmond Ignores Public Comments During Virtual “Town Hall”

SACRAMENTO, CA (September 29, 2022) – Last night, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction invited parents to share their concerns during a “Virtual Town Hall” via Facebook Live and Zoom. However, all questions and comments submitted by viewers during the town hall were ignored, leaving more questions than answers.

September 28, 2022

Lance Christensen Announces Slate of Pro-Parent Local School Board Candidates

SACRAMENTO, CA (SEPTEMBER 28, 2022) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate, Lance Christensen, has announced an initial slate of local school board endorsements. Each candidate is committed to putting parents and students first in order to restore excellence in California’s education system.

September 20, 2022

In nonpartisan race for California superintendent of public instruction, it’s all politics

"They all universally say it’s not acceptable,” Christensen said of parents he’s met on the campaign trail discussing the state of public education in California. "[Thurmond] is absolutely ineffective.”

September 20, 2022

California parents petition SCOTUS over Gavin Newsom's COVID-induced school closures

Christensen went on to say, "As the Supreme Court showed when overturning Gavin’s order on closing churches, the court’s rule should be consistent to a rule that kids deserve a right to high-quality public education without the politics and the fearmongering."

September 16, 2022

California Candidate For Superintendent Of Public Schools Discusses How To Fix California’s Education System

“California, years ago, was the premiere place for K-12 education in the entire world — in fact, for all of education, higher education included — and a few generations of really progressive tactics have moved the state from the envy of the world to the pity of the world,” he said.

September 6, 2022

EMAILS: California Teachers Union Ran Oppo Research On Parents Who Wanted Schools Open

“The California Teachers Association has shown itself to be more of a spy agency than an advocate for kids and parents,” Christensen told The Federalist.”

September 6, 2022

California teachers union spied on parents fighting to reopen schools during COVID, emails show

“Lance Christensen, who is a candidate for California superintendent of public instruction, called the email revelations "startling and disgusting."

September 6, 2022

Teachers union targeted parents opposing school shutdowns in California

SACRAMENTO, CA (SEPTEMBER 6, 2022) – Newly released public record requests show the California Teachers Association (CTA) spied on parent groups advocating for schools to reopen. California was the last state in the nation to reopen schools following the pandemic. Candidate for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Lance Christensen released the following statement:

“Conducting opposition research is a common practice in political campaigns. But to have the teachers' union dedicate personnel to politically target moms and dads protecting their own children and expressing their first amendment rights is both startling and disgusting. Entrenched special interests have used their war chests over the last two and a half years to intimidate and threaten anyone who dares to challenge their ineffective reign over public education. This must end,” stated Christensen.

August 30, 2022

Lance Christensen earns key newspaper endorsement

SACRAMENTO, CA (AUGUST 30, 2022) – Earlier today, the Southern California News Group endorsed Lance Christensen for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The News Group, which consists of 12 newspapers including: The Orange County Register, The Riverside Press Enterprise, The Los Angeles Daily News and several others released an opinion editorial on Tuesday urging voters replace incumbent Tony Thurmond with Lance Christensen to address our failing education system.

August 30, 2022

Elect Lance Christensen state superintendent to help fix our broken education system

This November California voters have the best chance ever to reform their underperforming public schools. Innovator Lance Christensen faces off against sclerotic incumbent Tony Thurmond in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.

August 24, 2022​

Lance Christensen calls for education reform

SACRAMENTO, CA (AUGUST 24, 2022) - Earlier today, President Joe Biden announced his plan to forgive billions of dollars in student loan debt. Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lance Christensen, released the following statement:

“Traditional education is failing to prepare our kids for the 21st-century workforce. The current student loan crisis is proof,” stated Christensen.

August 15, 2022

America’s kids unmasked two years later: Examining COVID mandate consequences as students return to class

Lance Christensen, who is running for superintendent of public instruction and has five children of his own in public school, said the “hopelessness and despair” set in when children realized what they were losing.

August 15, 2022

Lance Christensen challenges Tony Thurmond to debate

SACRAMENTO, CA (AUGUST 15, 2022) – Candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lance Christensen, is challenging his opponent, incumbent Tony Thurmond, to a series of regional debates. With school back in session, California’s parents deserve answers regarding the current state of education.

August 4, 2022

California kids are in crisis: California Department of Education Continues to Offer Empty Promises

SACRAMENTO, CA (AUGUST 4, 2022) – Earlier today, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced new grant opportunities for aspiring mental health clinicians to support California’s struggling students. Lance Christensen released the following response:

“While well intentioned, pledging to add counselors when there are neither enough counselors currently available nor sufficient seats in our colleges and universities to train the future counselors, means that this is another empty promise to families who constantly have to fight for basic educational needs,” stated Christensen.

August 2, 2022

Podcast - Special Episode: Solutions to Three California Crises [235]

Will talks with three California Policy Center colleagues. Education policy director Lance Christensen will face incumbent Tony Thurmond in November’s race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

July 20, 2022

Incumbent Tony Thurmond, challenger Lance Christensen are heading to a November runoff in race to lead California schools

“Thurmond has been a non-entity during school closures and the pandemic,” Christensen said. “We knew we could get in there and would have a shot for the general (election).”

July 19, 2022

November runoff for public education superintendent will pit reformer against incumbent

"'I intend on running a very strong race, appealing to every Californian out there that cares for our kids and wants to make sure that we once again have the best education system in the world. which we used to have decades ago,' Christensen said."

July 12, 2022

Newsom Receives Award for Funding Failed Education

SACRAMENTO, CA (JULY 12, 2022) – Candidate for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Lance Christensen released the following statement on Governor Newsom receiving the “Frank Newman Award for State Innovation” from the Education Commission of the States:

“Governor Newsom is being nationally recognized in Washington D.C., for California’s funding of education, but the commission cites nothing about the state’s educational success.

July 7, 2022

Race for CA Superintendent of Public Instruction is on for November

“The Superintendent of Public Instruction should be a leader who leads, is proactive, yet discreet and desires to keep parents, not special interests, at the top of his agenda,” Christensen recently wrote. Thurmond’s inability to protect and advocate for students or produce a single positive academic outcome over the last 3 and a half years in office — especially during the pandemic — disqualifies him from the job.”

July 7, 2022

OC Register op-ed: Why Tony Thurmond needs to go

As a candidate for the state superintendent of public instruction in 2018, Tony Thurmond campaigned on restricting parental control over K-12 education decisions. So far, his administration has kept the promises of sidelining mothers and fathers during some of the most critical years of their children’s lives. And he did this without improving a single academic standard in his first term. Instead, public school children continue to suffer.

June 27, 2022​

Christensen closes in on facing Thurmond in runoff for state superintendent

With about 5 percent of the 7 million ballots cast still to be counted, Lance Christensen, a conservative education policy analyst, is the presumptive second place finisher who will challenge incumbent Tony Thurmond in the November election for California superintendent of public instruction.

June 1, 2022

Spotify Podcast: Lance Christensen (Connection with Jennifer Galardi)

4:00 - What is politics and policy?
13:00 - California; it's glory and challenges
16:00 - Lance's story
23:00 - The importance of beauty and the danger of vanity
31:00 - Education and the role of parents and consent

May 27, 2022

Our recommendations for insurance commissioner, superintendent of public instruction, controller

We think Californians would benefit from a runoff between teacher and South Bay Union School District board President Marco Amaral, who is pushing for higher teacher salaries, and education policy executive Lance Christensen, who is critical of teachers unions.

May 22, 2022

Conservative Activism 2022

Radio interview with Lance Christensen supporter, Marcos Zelada-Rodas

May 20, 2022

2022 Election: Q&A with Lance Christensen, California superintendent of public instruction candidate

"I am focused on parents’ rights and will be their voice in a system which has sidelined them for so many years. I will not be distracted by other worthy issues but put my whole effort into making every child’s education a priority over an overly bureaucratic failing system. Finally, I want to do this so that my five public school students have an education they can be proud of when they have kids of their own."

May 9, 2022

The Daily Californian with Steve Hilton

Lance's interview: Timestamp 36:11 - 53:36

May 6, 2022

CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Ripping off Challengers Campaign Issues

In a Globe interview Wednesday, Christensen said another disturbing issue with Thurmond is that the current Schools Superintendent has 'ripped off' Christensen’s campaign platform and is using the positions as his own. 'The last three to four major proposals by Thurmond are lifted from my campaign website,' Christensen said. 'I’m flattered that these ideas are so popular that he has to take them as his own. But I’ve been listening to parents all along.'

May 2, 2022

Lance Christensen for California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Endorsement

"Christensen can be counted on to use the bully pulpit to drive home the point that the education system must be centered on the interests of students first and foremost. Policywise, he supports ceding as much authority to local districts as possible, wants to create a chief parent advocate position in his office and vows to conduct 'Kids First' audits of the state department of education and the state’s education budget. That’s a start. We endorse him."

May 2, 2022

Lance Christensen for California Superintendent of Public Instruction: Endorsement

Though there are many challengers in this race, we think Lance Christensen, vice president of education policy and government relations at the California Policy Center, stands out. Christensen directly calls out the pernicious influence of teachers unions over education policy. “I support teachers and firmly oppose teachers’ unions,” he told us. “There are better ways to protect teachers in our schools without using students as human shields or political pawns.”

May 2, 2022

The Ed Crane Show with Lance

Interview begins: 1:59:25 until 2:09:44

April 28, 2022

California’s K-12 system is in a state of emergency

Speaking of Lance Christensen, Matt Fleming stated, "He would employ a kids-first approach to the job and he has the skills, knowledge and experience to serve the state’s students and lead the education system to be one of the best in the country. Give students a chance. Vote Lance Christensen for Superintendent of Public Instruction."

April 20, 2022

Lance Christensen - FB Live Q&A

Speaking of Lance Christensen, Matt Fleming stated, "He would employ a kids-first approach to the job and he has the skills, knowledge and experience to serve the state’s students and lead the education system to be one of the best in the country. Give students a chance. Vote Lance Christensen for Superintendent of Public Instruction."

April 18, 2022

The Growing Parent Revolution is a Resilient Army

California parents are voicing their needs and are wanting to be heard. Lance Christensen stepped up to the challenge to run against Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond to “add parents back in the education equation.” It’s a breath of fresh air for parents. Lance is married and a father of five school aged children. He has been a strong advocate for parents across the state for decades. Parents, and educators who just want to teach, are noticing Lance and endorsing him to be that voice at the top.

April 15, 2022

In a union town, Sacramento teachers have allies in power as their strike continues

“We have yet to see a Democratic legislator stand up and really demand accountability of the poor practices they have,” Christensen said. “The party is basically paid for by the teachers union, and they know this. They don’t want to go sideways with this.”

April 11, 2022

Why is The Largest High School in San Diego Eliminating AP Courses?

Discussion begins at 14:40 min mark in the recording. Lance is introduced around minute mark 25:50.

April 5, 2022

Lance Christensen could shake up California’s education status quo

"Thurmond has been missing in action the past two years, while the teachers’ unions and the politicians they control have been trampling on every right kids have."

March 27, 2022

The Ed Crane Show with Lance

"It's a Shame."
Lance is introduced around minute mark 1:29:52

March 21, 2022

Globe Exclusive: Lance Christensen Announces Candidacy for CA Superintendent of Public Instruction

“An educated populace is what the founders wanted,” Christensen said. “Ed Source reported last week that California is the worst state in literacy in the country. We read behind Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas. How is this possible – we are the richest state in the richest country in the world, and we can’t teach our kids to read.” “And worse, California parents aren’t even empowered to make education choices for their kids.”