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Marshall Tuck for state superintendent of public instruction
Marshall Tuck for state superintendent of public instruction

The two runoff candidates for the nonpartisan job of California's superintendent of public instruction are Democrats, but they have clearly differentiated viewpoints about public schools. Of the two, political newcomer Marshall Tuck is the one with the vision and sense of urgency that California's schools most need right now. Their contest is more than a campaign for a historically low-profile job that comes with little authority. It's also a prime example of the strange rift in education, in which liberal Democrats are sharply divided on such issues as charter schools, job protections for teachers, the authority of the federal government in schools and the value of...

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