Delaine Eastin on Education



In 1965, California led American education; we can do better

It is clear that today we can do better. In K-12 education in 1965 we were tied with New York, at 5th of the 50 states in per pupil spending, with student outcomes to match. College was affordable & the state was booming. California can and should lead America with innovative solutions to real life challenges that start with a dedication to the education of our children. That is why I am running for Governor.

I know California can do better. There is a saying "as goes California, so goes the country," but we have dramatically increased our funding of prisons while our investment in schools continues to drop compared to the rest of the nation, and we have neglected to plan for new colleges and universities, while raising tuition and fees, which is certainly not the direction I think any of us would consciously support. When I hear about the increasing number of students at all education levels who are homeless, for example, I know we must do better.

Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website DelaineForGovernor.com , May 2, 2017

Combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond

In the Assembly she chaired the Education Committee and sponsored major legislation to reform California's education system. Eastin authored the first school bond that combined higher education and K-12 schools into one bond. These bonds helped pay for new schools at all education levels as well as fixing and modernizing old schools. Delaine advocated for proven programs that work--universal preschool and full-day mandatory kindergarten. "We still do not fund these programs today. When states like Georgia can find a way to fund pre-school, but California can't--I know we can do better."

She ran for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1994 and overcame the Republican wave to become the first--and to date only--woman to serve in that position. She served two terms from 1995-2003 under two different Governors--one Republican and one Democrat. Eastin oversaw a staff of over 3,000 and a budget that incorporated over 40% of the state budget.

Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website DelaineForGovernor.com , May 2, 2017

Oppose Prop 187 targeting immigrant students in classrooms

Eastin championed public libraries, wiring schools for technology, and stronger technical and vocational training for students. She worked to create statewide standards and systems to increase accountability. "I worked with Governor Pete Wilson to successfully reduce class sizes in every K-3 class in California, but opposed his misguided use of Prop 187 that would have seen us target immigrant students in our classrooms. I'll stand up to Donald Trump and his divisive, misguided policies."
Source: 2018 CA Governor campaign website DelaineForGovernor.com , May 2, 2017

Parental choice but no vouchers

I really do believe the public school system is important, and I do support it fully. But I also respect the rights of parents that choose to educate their children at home to do so. As to whether we should pay them for homeschooling, I wouldn't do that. I do not believe in vouchers. I have supported charter schools, including online charters, and I think there are some very good charters in the state.
Source: Ukiah Daily Journal on 2018 California gubernatorial race , Mar 7, 2017

In 1960s we invested in community colleges

I think of an amazing generation of Californians emerging from our nation's worst depression and the world's most terrible war, and generously investing in K-12 education and in an incredible system of community colleges, state universities and a University of California that were individually and collectively the envy of the nation by 1965.

In the years since 1985, the systems have each suffered disinvestment. Our K-12 schools, which were fifth in per-pupil investment, dropped as low as 50th, but now linger around 42nd, adjusted for the cost of living in California. Our community colleges were free until 30 years ago, and the modest fees charged for CSU and UC have skyrocketed.

Our future was bright and beautiful because a generation of warriors and workers, who had suffered great deprivation, dreamed great dreams for future generations and invested accordingly.

Source: Sacramento Bee OpEd for 2018 California gubernatorial race , Dec 22, 2016

Expand "First 5" to include mandatory kindergarten

Sixteen states have mandatory kindergarten, but some California leaders say we cannot afford it. Preschool is more readily available not only in other affluent states like New York and Connecticut, but also in historically undereducated states like Georgia and Oklahoma. California is tragically underinvested in preschool.

Our child development services are inadequate and while we have First 5, remember it was not an initiative of the governor and the Legislature. It was the brainchild of Rob Reiner, and I was proud to be his honorary co-chair in 1998 as we taxed tobacco to help the youngest among us.

When the governor and the Legislature got in a financial hole a few years later, they dishonestly attempted to redirect the money from First 5 and child development to balance the budget. They had to get the voters' approval and the voters turned them down by a vote of nearly 2-to-1. Principled voters knew that our children should come first.

Source: Sacramento Bee OpEd for 2018 California gubernatorial race , Dec 22, 2016

Other governors on Education: Delaine Eastin on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Antonio Villaraigosa
Carly Fiorina
David Hadley
Doug Ose
Eric Garcetti
Gavin Newsom
Gloria La Riva
Hilda Solis
Jerry Brown
Jerry Sanders
John Chiang
John Cox
Neel Kashkari
Travis Allen
Zoltan Istvan
CA Senatorial:
Dianne Feinstein
Duf Sundheim
Greg Brannon
Kamala Harris
Kevin de Leon
Loretta Sanchez
Michael Eisen
Rocky Chavez
Tom Del Beccaro

Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.Chenault(R) vs.Huggins(R) vs.Begich(D) vs.Treadwell(D)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.Tommy Battle (R) vs.George(R) vs.Carrington(R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.Henderson(D) vs.West(L)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D) vs.Farley(D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I) vs.Allen(R) vs.La Riva(P)
CO: Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.Doug Robinson (R) vs.Barlock(R) vs.Lynne(R) vs.Polis(D) vs.Coffman(R) vs.George Brauchler(R,A.G.) vs.Stapleton(R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Lamont(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R) vs.Lumaj(R) vs.Visconti(R) vs.Lauretti(R) vs.Drew(D)
FL: Gillum(D) vs.Graham(D) vs.Putnam(R)
GA: Kemp(R) vs.Cagle(R) vs.Hill(R) vs.Abrams(D) vs.Levine(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Hanabusa(D) vs.Carroll(R)
IA: Kim_Reynolds(R) vs.Leopold(D) vs.Boulton(D) vs.McGuire(D) vs.Glasson(D) vs.Hubbell(D)
ID: Little(R) vs.Fulcher(R) vs.Labrador(R) vs.Ahlquist(R) vs.Minton(D) vs.Jordan(D)
IL: Rauner(R) vs.Kennedy(D) vs.Pawar(D) vs.Daniel Biss (D) vs.Pritzker(D) vs.Ives(R)
KS: Brewer(D) vs.Wink Hartman (R) vs.Colyer(C) vs.Kobach(R) vs.Orman(O)
MA: Baker(R) vs.Gonzalez(D) vs.Setti Warren (D) vs.Bob Massie (R)
MD: Hogan(R) vs.Alec Ross (D) vs.Cummings(D) vs.Madaleno(D) vs.Jealous(D)
ME: Mayhew(R) vs.Mills(D) vs.Boyle(D) vs.Thibodeau(R) vs.Moody(D)
MI: Whitmer(R) vs.El-Sayed(D) vs.Tim Walz (D) vs.Schuette(R) vs.Calley(R)
MN: vs.Smith(D) vs.Coleman(D) vs.Murphy(D) vs.Otto(D) vs.Tina Liebling (DFL) vs.Tim Walz (DFL) vs.Matt Dean (R) vs.Pawlenty(R) vs.Johnson(R)
NE: Ricketts(R) vs.Krist(D)
NH: Sununu(R) vs.Schwartz(R) vs.Steve Marchand (D)
NM: Lujan-Grisham(D) vs.Pearce(R) vs.Cervantes(D) vs.Apodaca (D)
NV: Fisher (R) vs.Sisolak(D) vs.Laxalt(R) vs.Schwartz(R)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Nixon(D) vs.Sharpe(L) vs.DeFrancisco(R)
OH: DeWine(R) vs.Husted(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Kucinich(D) vs.Sutton(D,Lt.Gov) vs.Taylor(R) vs.Jim Renacci (R) vs.Connie Pillich (D) vs.Schiavoni(D) vs.Whaley(D) vs.Cordray(D)
OK: Gary Richardson (R) vs.Johnson(D)
OR: Brown(D) vs.Scott Inman(D) vs.Buehler(R)
PA: Wolf(D) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Barletta(R)
RI: Raimondo(D) vs.Fung(R) vs.Morgan(R)
SC: McMaster(R) vs.McGill(R) vs.Pope(R) vs.Templeton(R) vs.Smith(D)
SD: Noem(R) vs.Jackley(R) vs.Sutton(D)
TN: Green(R) vs.Dean(D) vs.Black(R)
TX: Abbott(R) vs.Glass(L) vs.White(D) vs.Valdez(D)
VT: Scott(R) vs.Stern(D)
WI: Walker(R) vs.Harlow(D) vs.Vinehout(D) vs.Evers(D) vs.Roys(D)
WY: Throne(D) vs.Dahlin(R) vs.Gordon(R)
Newly-elected governors (first seated in Jan. 2017):
DE-D: Carney
IN-R: Holcomb
MO-R: Greitens
NH-R: Sununu
NC-D: Cooper
ND-R: Burgum
VT-R: Scott
WV-D: Justice

Retiring 2017-18:
AL-R: Robert Bentley(R)
(term-limited 2018)
CA-D: Jerry Brown
(term-limited 2018)
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
(term-limited 2018)
FL-R: Rick Scott
(term-limited 2018)
GA-R: Nathan Deal
(term-limited 2018)
IA-R: Terry Branstad
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
ID-R: Butch Otter
(retiring 2018)
KS-R: Sam Brownback
(term-limited 2018)
ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
(term-limited 2018)
MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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