post election

Thanks to everyone who took part in the November election

Superintendent of Public Instruction race still too close to call

Updated November 16, 2017

Following a hard fought campaign with unprecedented spending by a small group of billionaires and mega-donors, the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is too close to call.

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond is currently up 50.4% to 49.6%, with 73,805 votes separating the candidates. However, with over 2.6 million ballots still left to be counted across the state, including Los Angeles County where Thurmond won by a large margin, it may take several more days or even weeks to know the outcome.

It is important that every vote be counted and we will be closely monitoring the progress in the count as reported by the California Secretary of State. Depending on how the count goes, we may need to put out a call for volunteers to help monitor the processing of the ballots.

Thanks to all of the CFT members who campaigned for Tony Thurmond, for Congressional races, and in their own local elections. Your efforts have made a real difference in the election.

This election we helped take back the House of Representatives, including winning several key races in California. The candidates and ballot initiatives that we supported at the local level were also successful. At our first count, candidates endorsed by CFT locals have won 75% of their local school board and trustee elections, and an impressive 80% of local parcel tax and bond measures have passed.

We also helped elect Gavin Newsom as California’s next Governor. Gavin, who ran on an unabashedly pro-public education platform, will be a strong advocate for more resources for our schools, colleges, and universities. He has also pledged to hold charter schools accountable.

Whatever the outcome of the State Superintendent’s race, it in no way diminishes our resolve to continue working in the best interests of our profession, our students, and our public schools. We will continue to advocate for more resources for our underfunded school system, we will continue to stand up to the regressive agenda of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, and we will continue to organize and fight to ensure that teachers and classified workers have the resources and respect we need to get our important work done.