September 6, 2018
The Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) and the Computer Science for California (CSforCA) project invited the top candidates for Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction to respond to questions related to their agenda for computer science education in California. The questionnaire is intended to be a resource to learn about the candidates’ positions on expanding equity and access to computer science in K12 public education in California and to increase awareness of CS education. We do NOT endorse nor oppose candidates for office.
The questionnaire was created with feedback provided by CSforCA supporters. All candidates have been offered the opportunity to complete a written response. Emails were sent to the campaigns of gubernatorial candidates Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and John Cox as well as State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates Tony Thurmond and Marshall Tuck. All candidates were advised that if their responses were received on time, they would be published verbatim (not to exceed 2500 words) on the ACCESS website www.access-ca.org in September 2018. If responses were not received by August 31, 2018, the publication would state “Did Not Respond”.
2018 Gubernatorial Candidate Responses
- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom – Computer Science Questionnaire Responses
- John Cox – Did Not Respond
2018 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Responses
- Tony Thurmond – Computer Science Questionnaire Responses
- Marshall Tuck – Computer Science Questionnaire Responses
The Alliance for California Computing Education for Students and Schools (ACCESS) is dedicated to advocating for high-quality K-12 computer science education in California and ensuring its accessibility to all students, specifically targeting under-represented students including girls, students of color and low socioeconomic students.
ACCESS is a statewide network of computer science education leaders including: K-12 teachers, administrators and leaders; computer science professors from community colleges through universities; education school faculty and CS professional developers; interested industry professionals; and educational policy advocates counting the California Department of Education, the Computer Science Teachers Association, Computing in the Core, and code.org.
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