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POV: Education Needs Your Vote

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FOX 11 Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale shares a point of view on the topic of education in California.

You can watch the full video of the editorial in the media player... and share your comments on the topic below the editorial transcript.

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 California public schools are fighting for survival.

 As controversy rages over teacher evaluations, tenure, and the intense pressure to fix failing schools, we've got another battle to consider: the November 2 election for Superintendent of Public Instruction -- the top cop in our state's education hierarchy.

This election is critical because whoever takes the helm can lead the charge for reform. We need to demand a leader willing to get into the trenches to fix this mess.

It's come down to a close race between Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, a former school teacher and veteran politician endorsed by California's major teachers union. And Larry Aceves, a retired school superintendent, who's spent three decades in public education and is backed by the state's school administration association.

In a recent FOX 11 interview with both candidates Torlakson said he has the experience to get things done in Sacramento. He pointed to after school programs and school building programs he initiated. Aceves countered that he's a practitioner, good in the trenches, and pointed to teacher evaluations as one area he knows how to deal with.

And they both have their critics: Some charge that Torlakson's a career politician who's in too tight with the teachers' unions to make any real changes. While Aceves is taking heat for demanding the Superintendent's power be expanded to have the authority to interfere with labor contracts-if they affect the classroom. And both were against a bill giving parents more power to decide where their kids go to school.

There hasn't been a highly visible statewide leader, with the conviction to publicly thrust education reform front and center. We challenge both candidates to step up to the plate and show that leadership.

So ask yourself, who will serve our students the best? We urge you to make an informed decision and cast your vote.

For the good of our schools, for the future of this state.

What do you think? We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.

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