SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— We’ve all heard the projections of low-voter turnout for Tuesday’s election here in California. But there are a few local races getting nationwide attention.
I’d say the spotlight is shining on the race for state schools superintendent between Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck. It’s a very big race in California. What we have here is two very big forces lining up at the scrimmage line.
We’ve got the California Teacher’s Association (CTA) on one side and we’ve got charter school groups and reformers on the other side that has pumped about $30 million into this race. The union is behind Torlakson with the opposing side behind Tuck.
Educators in the rest of the country are wondering what will happen in that race because the CTA has had a hammerlock on that job and if there’s any movement it could be felt across the country.