Lance Christensen for Superintendent of Public Instruction


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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.

“California schools are failing our students by nearly every metric. California ranks 50th in literacy among the states. Eighth grade students are doing math at a 5th grade level. 

“California was one of the last states in the nation to reopen schools following the pandemic, and statewide enrollment in the public school system has declined to its lowest rate since the beginning of the century.

“The announcement presents two glaring omissions: Failure to praise tangible models in which California should be followed, and any mention of current State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. Funding a measurably failed educational system is nothing more than a hand out to special interests who have continuously funded systems over students.

“With California ranking last in the nation in literacy, it is not surprising the Commission would not cite tangible accomplishments California has achieved. As Superintendent of Public Instruction, I’ll partner with parents to restore public education, hold Sacramento accountable, and eliminate the state budget’s bureaucratic bloat.


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