Photo courtesy Marshall Tuck campaign site.
Photo courtesy Marshall Tuck campaign site.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to join state superintendent of public instruction candidate Marshall Tuck in Sherman Oaks Tuesday for a news conference about having a more equitable education system in California.

Villaraigosa and Tuck will be joined by five of the student plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging California’s teacher tenure system. They will be with family members as they make what a Tuck campaign aide called “an important announcement.”

Ruling in the case of Vergara v. California, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that state laws governing tenure and the firing of teachers are unconstitutional. The decision is on appeal in the state court system.

Villaraigosa endorsed Tuck on April 17, praising him for his work as the CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, the independent educational nonprofit organization formed by Villaraigosa when he was mayor to operate 21 schools in a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

“Partnership schools are successful because we believe that every child deserves a great education,” Villaraigosa said.

“Under Marshall’s leadership, we were able to start on that path by enabling local decision making, fostering better parent engagement, ensuring that schools have effective teachers and great principals and employing 21st century technology to a college- and career-ready curriculum.”

Villaraigosa’s successor, Eric Garcetti, last month endorsed Tuck’s opponent in the nonpartisan race, incumbent Tom Torlakson, “because of the work he is doing to combat bullying, expand after-school programs and keep gangs, drugs and guns out of our schools.”

The news conference is part of a six-county bus tour by Tuck, which also includes a visit to Animo Inglewood Charter High School and a roundtable discussion with Inglewood community leaders about the state takeover of the Inglewood Unified School District.

Tuck is also a former president of the Los Angeles-based charter school operator Green Dot Public Schools, which operates Animo Inglewood Charter High School. Before working in education, he was an executive at a software company and worked in finance, according to his campaign website.

Torlakson was a fireman in the U.S. Merchant Marine during the Vietnam War and was a high school science teacher in the Bay Area before being elected to the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Assembly and state Senate.

City News Service

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