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Installment 1: Clip 1 Transcript

Most important about Mike for Governor Jerry Brown 

(Governor Brown: 1/14/19; 1 minute 12 seconds)

DJ: In essence, what is it that Mike brings to you that’s most important? 

JB: Well, I’ll get right to the point. I was writing an educational paper or platform, a few pages—10 or so objectives, goals—when I was running for governor. And I would get on the computer and type it. But I’d get him on the other end, and we talk about it. And he would revise, and we would share. So we could actually work together on the drafting of ideas and policies. That was in the campaign. And of course, is the precursor to the actual governing. That’s why it’s unusual for an academic and an elected politician to work so amiably and so closely together.

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About the Project

The purpose of this biography project is to make a fascinating man’s life and accomplishments come alive. Dr. Michael W. Kirst, while recognized in influential academic and policy circles, is generally unknown to those most actively engaged in American education in the trenches of the nation’s classrooms and local boardrooms, including teachers, principals, and school district leaders.

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About the Author

Dick Jung first met Dr. Michael W. Kirst four decades ago. Mike, then Professor in the Schools of Education and Business, was completing his first year as President of California’s State Board of Education. During Jerry Brown’s first term as Governor, as Mike tacked between Palo Alto and Sacramento, Dick served as the Teaching Assistant for Mike’s Stanford “Politics of Education” course.

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About the Team

Dick is supported by a project team of content, digital research, and online experts that includes a senior education policy reviewer, a digital archives manager, and a website and multimedia design coordinator.

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