You have the power—Elect candidates who support public higher education

First, a word about what’s hot this month. And then, read on to learn how you can advocate for public higher education right now, like helping to elect Tony Thurmond as Superintendent of Public Instruction.

One of the most contested positions in California state government is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. For the second time, a charter school administrator is attempting to win leadership of the state’s public school system as SPI. The race pits a strong advocate of public education, Tony Thurmond, against a person who has spent his career pushing for the spread of charter schools in Los Angeles.

“I am joining with my CFA colleagues in working to elect Tony Thurmond to this critical seat,” says Margarita Berta-Ávila, CFA President at Sacramento State and a Professor of Education. “I urge those who can to volunteer through our CFA chapters to help in this election.”

Thurmond is a social worker by training and most recently has served in the California State Assembly where he worked to improve public education and fought for the funding it takes to provide quality education to California’s students.

Make a difference. Click here to join with fellow CSU faculty in volunteering to help elect candidates who support public higher education.

THURMOND HIGHER ED TOWN HALL OCT 4 IN SAN DIEGO: Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 4, at UC San Diego, in Village West Building 2, Thurmond will host a “College Affordability Town Hall” beginning at 6:30 pm. As the invite and RSVP form point out, “If elected, Tony will serve on the UC Board of Regents, CSU Board of Trustees, and will influence community college policymaking.”

If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via conference call. Just RSVP for the town hall, then dial: (712) 770-4010, code 267256. Tony also seeks thoughtful questions to answer; email your questions to townhall@tonythurmond.com

CFA NOVEMBER 6 ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS: Every year, CFA members at each campus collect questionnaires and meet with candidates for public office. They make recommendations to CFA’s Political Action and Legislation Committee which reviews and sends recommendations to CFA’s Board of Directors for approval. See the list of candidates endorsed by CFA on Nov. 6


  • If you vote by mail, watch for your ballot beginning this Monday, Oct. 8.
  • If you want to vote by mail, your request must be to the Secretary of State by Oct. 30.
  • If you are not registered to vote, you must register by October 22 or you will miss out.
  • The Teamsters Union has a way to register to vote by text—text the word “Register” to 86466

BE AN ELECTION SEASON VIDEO STAR: CFA affiliate the California Teachers Association is asking you to submit a video explaining why you support Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction—and you do it in 30 seconds right on your smart phone. Get involved: Submit your video and/or picture here!

PHOTO: Tony Thurmond, candidate for California Superintendent of Education in the general election on November 6, addressed a rally calling for more state funding for the CSU. The rally was organized by CFA and Students for Quality Education at the State Capitol on April 4 this year.