DATA RELEASE: School Reform Takes Center Stage in CA Superintendent of Public Instruction Race

May 23, 2014 - The primary race for Superintendent of Public Instruction in California features three candidates with a wide range of views on improving the state's education system. Incumbent candidate Tom Torlakson has been a strong supporter of public school teachers and teachers unions during his tenure, standing against federal education guidelines that call for linking teacher evaluations more closely to standardized testing scores. Challenger Marshall Tuck is a former charter school President who supports measures that are opposed by unions, including linking teacher evaluations to testing and banning seniority-based layoffs. The third candidate, Lydia Gutierrez, is an elementary school teacher who has been critical of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. 

The California statewide primary will be held on June 3, 2014. The top two finishers in each primary race will appear on the ballot in the November general election.

Top Contributors to Tom Torlakson

Total Contributed Through 5/14/14

United Association (UA) $81,600
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) $58,114
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) $57,000
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) $43,000
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) $27,200
  Overall total raised by Torlakson: $1,288,848
Top Contributors to Marshall Tuck                    

Total Contributed Through 5/14/14

ACRE Investment Company $16,350
The Broad Foundation $14,950
SV Angel $14,100
Landers, Heidi $13,600
Nancy Newberg LLC $13,600
Lundquist, Melanie $13,600
Continental Development Corporation $13,600
Chamberlin Family Foundation $13,600
Emerson Collective $13,600
Conway, Gayle $13,600
G3W Ventures LLC $13,600
Hadidi, Michelle $13,600
  Overall total raised by Tuck: $993,931
Top Contributors to Lydia Gutierrez                   

Total Contributed Through 5/14/14

Gutierrez, Lydia $12,773
KPRS Construction Services, Inc $1,000
Withrow, Michael $200
Baily, Nancy $100
Vogie, Thomas $100
Fabian, Mike $100
West Covina Unified School District $100
Oconnell, Donna $100
Sullivan, Cheryl $100
Long Beach Unified School District $100
  Overall total raised by Gutierrez: $15,324

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions from PACs and employees of organizations to the committees of candidates running for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in California from January 1, 2013 - May 14, 2014, based on itemized records provided by the California Secretary of State as of May 14, 2014.

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