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California State Government June 2, 1998 Primary

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Delaine Eastin 2,031,351 votes 43.0%

  • Occupation: Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Reduced class sizes in grades K-3
  • Raised academic standards in Math and English
  • Organized NetDay to increase technology in the classroom
  • Launched Universal Pre-school Task Force
  • Implemented a statewide assessment system
  • Former teacher, businesswoman, Assemblywoman, and Chair of the California Assembly Committee on Education
  • Raise school funding to the national average over the next five years..
  • Institute summer school and after school programs to help students reach grade level standards.
  • Continue to reduce class sizes in elementary schools.
Gloria Matta Tuchman 1,209,616 votes 25.6%
(This candidate has not responded to Smart Voter)
  • Occupation: Parent/School Teacher
  • Phone: 714 832-5262; Addr: 1742 Lerner Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92705; Email:
Barbara Carpenter 613,661 votes 13.0%
  • Occupation: Educational Career Consultant
  • Elected to San Diego County Board of Education in 1991 for 4-year term
  • Past President of San Diego County Board of Education (1996)
  • Core Adjunct Faculty, National University's School of Education
  • Founder/CEO Career Development Services
  • Ph.D. and M.A. in Education
  • Mother of four grown children, grandmother to three. Married to Dr. Harke Kylstra, a retired general surgeon from Holland. Residence is in LaJolla, Ca.
  • Focus on curriculum at elementary level to strengthen academic standards
  • Provide leadership to higher education in training teachers in core academic subjects
  • Downsize State Department of Education (10% annually) giving local districts more autonomy
Mark Isler 569,482 votes 12.0%
  • Occupation: Teacher/Businessman/Commentator
  • 14 year teacher
  • masters degree in education
  • president of successful distribution company
  • cable host of tv show "Saving the American Dream"
  • Bruce Herschensohn's delegate to Republican Party
  • spokesperson for props. 174, 187 and 209
  • ensure that students who graduate are skilled in the basics
  • ending wasteful programs like bilingual education,new math and whole language
  • support parents in finding the best education-public,private, or home schooling
Miles Everett 304,456 votes 6.4%
  • Occupation: Teacher
  • Native Californian, married, 8 grandchildren
  • Five years in U.S. Army: draftee, 1st Lt., Army aviator
  • BA from UC Davis, MA & PhD from UC Berkeley
  • Ten years college teaching, twenty years in small business
  • Extensive, varied teaching: Military, business, flight and skiing instructor etc.
  • Credentialed K-12 teacher. Now substitute teaching in local school.
  • Persuading parents they must shield children from electronic entertainment--provide challenging, nurturing experience.
  • Foster improved teaching via locally devised collaboration, peer review, faculty responsibility for academic excellence.
  • Curricula that engages all youngsters: "Basics" include the arts, health/physical education, technology studies.

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