Marshall Tuck has the Wrong Ideas for Our Schools

Our public schools should be places where kids want to learn and teachers want to teach. Marshall Tuck has the wrong vision for California schools. He’s spent years working on Wall Street. Tuck's education is in bringing in profits on Wall Street — and so he wants to increase high-stakes testing and expand corporate charter schools. Is there any doubt Tuck will put the bottom line for his friends on Wall Street above what our kids need?

California’s children deserve better. They deserve teachers who are well-prepared and supported, curriculum that is rich and engaging and schools that bring the services their families need — social, physical and educational — under one roof. It’s time to focus on serving our communities — rather than teaching to the test and increasing corporate profits.

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Marshall Tuck is a Wall Street Banker Backed by Big Business

Tuck, a Wall Street Banker, is backed by corporate interests that worked to deny funding for California’s schools, while padding their own pockets. We need schools that are fully and fairly funded and leaders that are going to work for our kids’ interests, not Wall Street’s.


Tuck worked previously as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers:

“[…], Marshall Tuck, a former Salomon Brothers investment banker.”

[Los Angeles Times, 4/1/05]

Tuck has received large contributions from Eli and Edythe Broad, "education reform" and charter school groups:
[California Secretary of State Campaign Finance Records, accessed 10/10/14]

Eli Broad and the Fischer family, some of Tucks biggest donors were revealed by the California Attorney General to funnel more than $10 million to Koch Brother’s campaign to deny funding for California schools.

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Marshall Tuck Supports High-Stakes Testing, Punishing Teachers and Students

The high-stakes testing favored by Marshall Tuck, and his corporate backers, takes the joy out of learning. We need to put the focus back on teaching, not testing, and develop multiple measures of learning to track progress and support improvement.

The high stakes testing favored by Marshall Tuck, and his corporate backers, takes the joy out of learning and hasn’t been proven to accurately measure (or produce) results for our kids. In fact, research from Nichols & Berliner in the journal Educational Leadership (2008) concludes, "a wealth of documentation indicates that the unintended and largely negative effects of high-stakes testing are pervasive and a cause for concern."


The Broad Foundation emphasizes student assessment through testing:

“Gwinnet [School District] last week was named co-recipient of the Broad Foundation Prize for Urban Education. […] Gwinnett, the foundation and state officials say, not only conducts rigorous testing, but digs deeper than most school districts into testing data to improve academic performance.

[The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/28/14]

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Marshall Tuck Would Sell Off Our Schools And Sell Out California's Kids

Marshall Tuck’s Wall Street backers support siphoning off taxpayer dollars from our public schools to fund corporate charter schools. These charter schools aren’t performing any better than neighborhood public schools, and they aren’t held accountable for their performance or finances. We need great neighborhood schools for every child, regardless of their zipcode or lottery number.


Charter schools are publicly funded:

"[U]nlike private schools, charter schools get most of their funding from state tax dollars."

[Los Angeles Times, 9/5/12]

Tuck was previously a charter school executive:

"Tuck joined the charter school company [Green Dot] in July 2002 as chief operating officer and became president in fall 2004."

[Los Angeles Times, 12/9/06]

Tuck’s candidate platform emphasizes charter schools as a priority if he’s elected:

"I believe that charter schools play an important role in California’s public school system."

[Candidate website, accessed 10/10/14]

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