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Jerry P. Becker

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CA in the news - Eastin vs. Tuchman Race
Posted: Oct 26, 1998 3:44 PM
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[Note: From a colleague on the west coast ...]
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Los Angeles Times, October 23, 1998

Eastin Challenger Matta Tuchman Gets $500,000 Gift

By Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer

David W. Packard, heir to a computer fortune, on Thursday announced an
extraordinary donation of $500,000 to an Orange County schoolteacher who is
challenging incumbent Delaine Eastin for the job of state superintendent of
public instruction.

Packard's gift, the largest single donation from an individual this year to
a statewide candidate, instantly put challenger Gloria Matta Tuchman on
equal financial footing with Eastin with less than two weeks left in what
had been a quiet contest.

The donation was a stunning blow to Eastin, who has held a consistent
though modest lead over Matta Tuchman in statewide polls.

"I believe that Gloria Matta Tuchman can do a much better job" than Eastin,
Packard said in a news release.

Son of the co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co., Packard said he seeks to
promote "systematic and explicit instruction in reading and math skills,
and English-language instruction for all students."

Packard added that he supports experimenting with tax-funded vouchers to
help parents pay for private school tuition. If vouchers are shown to be
effective, he said, "the public can debate adopting them more widely."

Matta Tuchman, a Republican and first-grade teacher in a Santa Ana public
school, supports a program that would offer vouchers to parents with
children in troubled public schools.

Eastin, a Democrat, opposes vouchers. She has been on the defensive this
year over test scores that show most California students below the national
average in basic skills. But Eastin argues that the state has shortchanged
its school system by spending far less per pupil than other big states.

Matta Tuchman had trailed Eastin badly in fund-raising. The incumbent
reported a war chest of more than $500,000 as of Sept. 30, enough to pay
for some television advertising. That was more than 10 times Matta
Tuchman's total of less than $40,000.

Jon Fleischman, a spokesman for Matta Tuchman, said the challenger would
begin airing advertisements on radio and television as early as today.
Eastin consultant Cliff Staton said her campaign plans to begin TV ads next
week.

Matta Tuchman also has received substantial contributions from a group
linked to Howard Ahmanson, who is a major donor to conservative Christian
causes and a supporter of vouchers.

Eastin's largest donor this year has been the California Teachers Assn.,
which gave her $100,000, Staton said.

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618)453-4244
Phone: (618)453-4241 (office)
E-mail: JBECKER@SIU.EDU





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