- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - State school chief Tom Torlakson failed to win a majority of votes in his re-election bid and will face a November runoff against former charter school executive Marshall Tuck.

Torlakson received 47 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, while Tuck got 29 percent.

Tuck and Torlakson disagree on how to evaluate teachers and what it should take for them to be fired. But both support Common Core State Standards and a new funding formula meant to benefit schools with low-income students.

Torlakson, a former high school science teacher, was backed by teachers’ unions, which oppose Tuck’s reform plans.

Republican Lydia Gutierrez, a Long Beach educator, placed third with 24 percent of the vote.


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