Primary Election Day is June 5th and the poll numbers are showing it’s a tight race in the campaign to elect Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction. You see, Tony is one of us. He’s African American and Latino—his mother was from Panama. And he is deeply committed to making sure our children, kids in our communities, have the same opportunity he had to become a productive and well-respected member of society.
As members and leaders in your ethnic minority communities, you are in a position to make a difference in this election through your outreach. It is extremely important to vote for Tony and other CTA-recommended candidates who believe that a free, quality public education builds stronger local communities and maintains public education as the cornerstone of our democratic society.
In many races again this election cycle, corporate special interests are pouring in millions to support candidates who want to privatize our public schools, increase the number of privately-managed charter schools, strip students in our communities of the resources they need to succeed, and strip educators of their rights. That is why it is really important that we vote and urge others to vote.
Please remind family members, friends and others in your neighborhood, social and community-based organizations, or place of worship how important it is that they vote on June 5th.
It''''s easy to use the CTA Online Voter Guide to create your own slate of CTA''''s recommended candidates in your community—candidates who are committed to our public schools. You should also visit www.cta.org/campaign for a complete list of all of our recommendations in the upcoming election and to download campaign materials.
Please step up your efforts in getting out into your communities and talking about these issues and why it is extremely important that we vote all the way down the ballot on June 5th!
Thanks for all you do for our students and communities.
California Teachers Association
1705 Murchison Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 697-1400