"Public school gave me a second shot – and I want to make sure all our kids have the same chance to succeed."

I was “that kid” – the dropout – but my mom and a great public school teacher, Herman Katz, pushed me to go the extra mile. That’s why when I was mayor, I tried to go the extra mile for our kids – even when it was tough.

Going back to school, going to community college and eventually graduating from UCLA changed the course of my life. I want to make sure that every child in California has the same opportunity.