September 22, 2014
Los Angeles-- California Charter Schools Association Advocates is pleased to announce its endorsement of Marshall Tuck for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the California November 2014 General Election. At a time when California schools are struggling and rank 45th in the nation, CCSA Advocates sees Tuck as an innovator in education who will challenge the status quo and bring about positive change at the Department of Education.
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that CCSA Advocates endorses Marshall Tuck for the State SPI,” said Gary Borden, Executive Director of CCSA Advocates. “I have known Marshall professionally for a decade. He is an energetic and independent leader who clearly understands the challenges facing public education in California. As Superintendent, he will be a powerful advocate for all public school students across the state, including over 500,000 students who attend more than 1,130 charter schools.”
Tuck has been endorsed by almost every major newspaper in the state and is pulling ahead of incumbent Tom Torlakson, according to the most recent Field poll.
From 2002 to 2007, Tuck served as President of Green Dot Public Schools, a leading charter school operator based in Los Angeles, which he helped expand from one school to 10 charter high schools by 2006. Green Dot schools consistently outperform comparable schools’ graduation rates and overall academic achievement, and five of its high schools were recently recognized as “America’s Best” by the Daily Beast.
CCSA Advocates is impressed by Tuck’s multi-pronged plan to get the state’s public education system back on track. His plan includes provisions for improving local decision-making and parent engagement in schools, calling for more great principals and effective teachers, developing a robust college- and career-ready curriculum and expanding 21st century technology in the classrooms.
Executive Director Borden continued: “Time and again, Marshall has demonstrated his commitment to strengthening schools and putting student interests first. He has a proven track record of leadership on the issues. We support his plan to get our schools back on track, and we are confident that he will be a strong, independent voice for both charter and traditional public school students and families in the state.”
The Statewide General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Vote-by-mail starts October 6 and the deadline to register to vote is October 20.
About CCSA Advocates
CCSA Advocates is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the political process, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter public schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter public school movement. For more information, please visit www.ccsaadvocates.org.
About Marshall Tuck
Marshall Tuck is the only candidate for State Superintendent with a proven record of increasing graduation rates, improving student achievement, and turning around failing schools. In this campaign, every major newspaper in California has endorsed Tuck. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Tuck for his “efforts to turn around high-poverty, low-performing public schools.” The LA Times calls Tuck “an overdue force for change,” with “the energy and vision to turn California’s schools around.”
Tuck served most recently as founding CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s groundbreaking collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District to operate 17 struggling public elementary, middle, and high schools serving 15,000 students.
Under Tuck’s leadership, these schools increased four-year graduation rates by over 60%, improved school safety and student attendance, and launched the innovative Parent College, now a national model for getting parents more involved in their kids’ education. Over the last 5 years, the Partnership schools ranked first in academic improvement among school systems with more than 10,000 students.
Prior to launching the Partnership, Tuck served as President of Green Dot Public Schools, a leading charter school operator based in Los Angeles. Tuck joined Green Dot in 2002, when it had one school, and helped them expand to 10 charter high schools by 2006. With a student-centered approach that empowered principals, teachers, and parents, Green Dot schools substantially outperformed comparable schools’ graduation rates and overall academic achievement.
Before devoting his career to helping students, Tuck was an executive at Model N, a successful enterprise software company based in the Bay Area. Prior to that, he worked in finance, and spent a year teaching and doing service work internationally, primarily in Zimbabwe and Thailand.
The son of a teacher, Tuck was born in Burlingame, CA and attended parochial elementary school and public middle and high schools. He graduated from UCLA and Harvard Business School. Tuck lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mae, and their son Mason.