The Network for Public Education supports candidates who are dedicated to public education. We respond to requests for our support by sending questionnaires to all candidates in the race. We review their responses and endorse those who pledge to improve our public schools, not close or privatize them, and to those who are critical of the status quo of high-stakes testing.

Here are the candidates we endorsed in 2014:

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Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California

Robert Garcia, Etiwanda School District, California

Michael Charney, Ohio State Board of Education, District 7

Dr. Randall Friese, Arizona House of Representatives, District 9

Sherry Gary Dagnogo, Michigan State Representative District 8

Anne Duff, Fort Wayne Community Schools Board, IN

Victoria Steele, Arizona House of Representatives, District 9

David Spring, Washington State House of Representatives, District 5

These are the only candidates NPE has endorsed.

In an earlier email, In an effort to highlight the growing scenario of big money trying to buy local school board races, NPE’s communications team rushed through an email alert highlighting several races around the country and used language which implied we had endorsed all of the candidates listed.

We deeply regret any doubt which our email may have caused, and immediately issued a retraction, but we understand not everyone may have seen the second email.