RELEASE: Former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin Endorses Jane Kim


September 14, 2016


San Francisco, CA – Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, endorsed San Francisco Supervisor and State Senate candidate Jane Kim today, citing her record on the San Francisco Board of Education and on the Board of Supervisors.

“I am extremely proud to endorse Jane Kim in this race because of her strong background working to make our public schools stronger and helping more students succeed,” said Eastin. “Jane understands that we can help close the income inequality gap by providing every student with access to a great education that helps them reach their full potential and, in addition, she is working to make higher education affordable and accessible. She is the fighter this district and our state’s children need to make sure every student gets a great education.”

“Delaine Eastin left a tremendous legacy as our California Superintendent of Public Instruction and I’m so honored to have her support,” said Kim. “As an early proponent of universal pre-kindergarten and advocate for smaller class sizes, she was at the forefront of efforts to improve our public schools. We need to continue this work in Sacramento by providing K-12 schools with the resources they need, making community college free for all residents and making our four-year schools more affordable.”

Eastin will join Jane Kim, actor Danny Glover, State Assemblymember Tony Thurmond and San Francisco School Board President Matt Haney at an upcoming “Stand for Solutions” forum on strengthening education. The event is on Sunday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m. at City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus (Conlan Hall, Room 101) and is open to the public. RSVP at

As both a San Francisco Supervisor and President of the San Francisco Board of Education, Kim has worked to improve education at all levels. She pushed to increase funding for pre-K and programs to help kids at risk of not graduating stay in school. She is currently working to make City College free for San Franciscans once again.

Delaine Eastin served in the State Assembly before being elected California Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1994. In that role, she launched several initiatives aimed at improving schools, including investments in education that led to reduced class sizes, new initiatives to promote greater accountability and higher standards and a statewide plan to increase student access to technology. In 2015, she was awarded the UC Davis Medal, called “the highest honor the campus bestows to recognize and celebrate extraordinary contributions that embody the campus’s Vision of Excellence.” Eastin was the first – and to date only – woman to serve as the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


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