Candidate for California governor Antonio Villaraigosa slapped at front-runner Gavin Newsom’s education record on Wednesday by pointing to racial disparities in San Francisco’s schools.
“In the debate the other day, one of the candidates talked about how great his county had done on education, on test scores and the like,” the former Los Angeles mayor said during a campaign stop at Mexican restaurant in Bell. “And he goes on and on about his county, San Francisco County. When he was finished, I had to jump in and [say], ‘You know what he didn’t say? It’s the worst county for African-American students in the entire state.’ We’ve got to stand up for the notion that every kid deserves a fair shot. Every kid.”
Newsom, who was San Francisco’s mayor before becoming lieutenant governor, acknowledged an academic achievement gap among minorities in San Francisco schools during Saturday’s gubernatorial debate.