The gubernatorial candidates for California governor debated education policies
Six candidates for the position of California governor debated and discussed a variety of issues pertaining to education before an audience of school board’s members from across California on Saturday morning in San Diego.
The candidates are those who have topped the polls as most likely to replace current governor Jerry Brown in 2018, who is at the end of his terms.
Although all the candidates are, obviously, rivals competing for the prestigious role of Governor, there was still a considerable atmosphere of agreement onstage, with all candidates stating that they appreciated the importance of public schools and the role school boards play in education.
However, the candidates did have differing opinions as to how California could improve and develop its current educational situation.
The event host questioned each candidate as to his or her stance on charter schools that are for-profit, resulting in a predictable division among the Democratic and Republican candidates, with Democratic candidates tending to lean towards being against for-profit schools.
Opinions on schools that are non-profit and for-profit divided range from strongly against to openly for
Candidate Gavin Newsom, who has a broad base of voters, stated that he believed non-profit is the sole option, adding that as schools aren’t like economic entities they have different responses to competition as opposed to traditional for-profit businesses.
Republican candidate Travis Allen disagreed, stating that as a significant portion of California’s schools does not meet educational standards, results should count for more than the means used to achieve them.
Allen stated that if a charter school that is for-profit was attaining excellent results, it could exist in conjunction with charter schools that are not for profit as well as public schools.
Delaine Eastin, the former California Superintendent, countered Allen’s argument by stating that charter schools that are for-profit can easily produce excellent, quality results by selecting only students with very high GPAs and denying opportunities to other students.