Marshall Tuck, Candidate for California State Superintendent
Today’s decision is a major victory for California’s students, and a repudiation of the failed Sacramento status quo. I applaud the nine students who took a courageous stand for all of California’s kids. But the truth is, no student should ever have to go to court to get a quality education – and no elected official should ever put bureaucratic laws ahead of students’ interest.
For too long, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and the Sacramento education establishment have defended a broken status quo. Instead of working to make sure every child has access to a quality education, they have wasted taxpayer money fighting to derail this lawsuit.
Now, State Superintendent Torlakson faces a critical choice. I urge him to do the right thing for California’s students, and not appeal this landmark ruling. Now’s the time to work together to make sure there is an effective teacher in every classroom, and effective principal in every school. The state’s top education official must be an independent advocate for parents and students, not an apologist for a broken system.