Putting Kids and Teachers First |

Every child deserves a quality education.

But under Gavin Newsom’s California, schools are failing, drop-outs are increasing, and kids are falling behind other states and countries in reading, writing, and basic math. The pandemic school closures made this situation even worse for our students, yet Newsom has proven to be incapable of fixing this mess, and broke his promise to safely reopen schools for classroom learning by February 1. His unwillingness to actually use science to open classrooms safely is irreversibly harming millions of students’ learning and development.

As mayor, Kevin Faulconer went above and beyond to create opportunities for children to succeed. He invested in libraries to keep them open longer, built new libraries in historically underserved communities, and opened playgrounds for school children and neighborhood kids. He partnered with the local school district in charge of public education to launch the city’s first afterschool program in libraries, where tutors helped thousands of students achieve. He joined forces with nonprofits to make laptops and Wi-Fi available to families that did not have access to this technology, and worked with the philanthropic community to provide low-income students with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom.

As Governor, Kevin will get our K-12 students back to school safely, using proven science. He will provide teachers with better salaries and give them the tools they need to do the job, keeping careful track of performance so we can better target resources and continuously improve student achievement. He will also tap into the innovative spirit of California’s technology community, education reformers, teachers, and parents to make sure that every student — regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or disability — gets the education they need and deserve.