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Delaine Eastin, California’s Long-Shot Candidate for Governor, Wants to School Jerry Brown on Education

“We shouldn’t be balancing the budget on the backs of the kids.”

This Golden State is a podcast from veteran broadcast journalist Randy Shandobil. Click above to play.

Of the seven candidates in the 2018 governor’s race, six are men, and all are perhaps better known than Delaine Eastin, the former state superintendent of public education. Despite being one of the most progressive states in the union, California has yet to elect a woman governor. Eastin is angling to be the first, and she’s counting on her reputation as a fighter for education to help get her there, though she’s been out of office 14 years. Her big beef with Jerry and his colleagues in Sacramento? “They took $1 billion out of child development in preschool when the economy got bad, and that money has not been fully restored," Eastin tells This Golden State's Randy Shandobil, pointing to the $226 million that was supposed to be returned this year but that Brown is deferring. “What do we say to a four-year-old? ‘You should defer growing up for a year’? We shouldn’t be balancing the budget on the backs of the kids.”

For Eastin, education is the key to addressing every other social ill the state is facing: “People talk about economic development: The best economic development program is a great education. That’s why Silicon Valley [grew up in] California. People talk about getting rid of crime: The best crime prevention program is education.” Welfare reform: You get the idea.

In her interview with This Golden State, Eastin sounds off about the state's track record of building more prisons than schools ("Cockamamie"), Trump's threats to withhold funding from sanctuary jurisdictions ("California will not stand for it"), and her opinion of the president ("A thug"). 


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