During her tenure as Superintendent of Public Instruction, Delaine successfully advocated for a $2.3 billion investment to cut class sizes. She was the architect of the first "Net Day," where 30,000 volunteers joined Eastin, President Clinton, and Vice President Gore in an electronic "barn raising." The event was copied in 40 states and 40 countries. Vice President Gore said that the experience motivated his e-rate proposal that helps schools across the nation enter the digital era. Eastin is a champion of Universal Preschool and founded a Preschool Task Force made up of educators, business leaders, civil rights advocates and children's advocates.
Delaine served four terms in the State Assembly before her election to statewide office. She gained "Rookie of the Year" recognition from the California Journal. She chaired the Assembly Education Committee and shaped legislation to reform California's public schools. Delaine's legislation included bills creating charter schools, promoting parental involvement, and reducing bureaucratic hurdles for school construction which successfully placed the largest school bond in history on the ballot.
Delaine's national leadership on education issues includes service as the Executive Director of the National Institute of Educational Leadership in Washington, DC. and on the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement Executive Board.
She remains engaged in California equity issues as board president of Close the Gap CA, a campaign to recruit talented women to run for the California Legislature, as Member of the Chancellor's Women in STEM board at UC Davis, and she established a UC Davis scholarship for women who are first in their family to attend college.
Delaine continues her work in support of at promise students with speeches, editorials, and service on boards including Educate Our State , the Yolo County Court Appointed Student Advocates, and the School for Integrated Academics and Technologies, a dropout recovery charter school.
Delaine Eastin is an education rock star with a demonstrated commitment to at promise students, increased education funding, digital learning, and empowering youth to overcome poverty and trauma. Welcome Delaine Eastin as she speaks out for at-promise students and the leaders who serve them.
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