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A surprise for California voters: the hottest race in next month’s statewide election is for Superintendent of Public Instruction, a nonpartisan office with limited powers. Incumbent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck embody both sides of the national conflict over public education—which has made for a close race. We’ll talk to them both about teacher tenure, standardized testing, and John Deasy, former Superintendent of the LAUSD.

Also, does Austin Beutner, the new publisher of the LA Times, plan any real change?

Banner Image: Marshall Tuck (left) is challenging incumbent Tom Torlakson (right) for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction in this November's election.

Producers:
Evan George
Sonya Geis

California Democrats Duke It Out for Schools Chief 18 MIN, 10 SEC

The Governor of California appoints the State Board of Education, which sets policy. The job of implementation goes to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, a nonpartisan officer who’s elected statewide.

Former Democratic Assemblyman Tom Torlakson is the incumbent, running for a second 4-year term. Challenger Marshall Tuck left the financial sector to become head of the Green Dot Charter Schools in Los Angles and then lead Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Education.

Guests:
Marshall Tuck, Senior Advisor on Education to Mayor Villaraigosa (@MarshallTuck)
Tom Torlakson, California Department of Education (@TomTorlakson)

LA Times Relaunches Local Section 6 MIN, 31 SEC

Austin Beutner came out of high finance, served as 1st Deputy Mayor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and explored the possibility of buying the Los Angeles Times. Instead, he became the paper’s 14th publisher last August, and today saw the first public evidence of his presence: renewal of the California section, which replaces the LATExtra.

Guests:
Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Times owner (@austinbeutner)

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