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Darling-Hammond: Building a "World Class and Equitable Education System in CA"

03/19/2019 1:52 PM | Cheryl Casagrande (Administrator)

Darling-Hammond: Building a 'world class and equitable education system in California'


MARCH 19, 2019


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond administers oath to Linda Darling-Hammond on March 14, 2019 at State Board of Education chambers in Sacramento.

Linda Darling-Hammond became president of the California State Board of Education on March 14, 2019. EdSource is closely tracking the changes in education policymaking in California since the election last November of Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. The following is a lightly edited transcript of Darling-Hammond’s opening remarks as State Board president at her first meeting on March 14.  For a video of the proceedings, go here

I’m honored and I’m privileged to join State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and this State Board in an ongoing and renewed effort to build a world class and equitable education system in California.

This board and the California Department of Education, and the previous governor and Legislature, have already accomplished a tremendous amount. I think it’s really important to take stock of that, and in the years ahead to build on what’s been accomplished.

Every state or nation that I’ve ever studied that has really made a strong upward trajectory in education has had a 15 or 20 year window in which to do that work.  We have that opportunity now to continue the work and then refine what’s been going on.

I probably don’t need to remind most of you that a decade ago John Merrow did a film called From First to Worst, describing what had happened in California over several decades of cuts in funding, of testing without investing, and of really narrowing the curriculum.

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