There is a public education leadership crises in California. The non-partisan office for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is critical to fixing the problems that lay ahead. This important position is up for election, with no incumbent due to term limits. I am seeking this office for the chance to be part of the efforts we need to fix our failing schools. We need true leadership, not lip service.

I was born and raised in Orange County and am a proud graduate of the public school system, graduating from Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, CA. I completed my associate's degree in Liberal Studies at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. I transferred to U.C. Berkeley to earn my bachelor's degree in Women's Studies. I attended Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City for my master's degree in Student Personnel Administration. I then attended California State University, Fullerton to complete my doctorate in Educational Leadership.

I have worked in education for over 15 years as a student advocate in Student Services (member of CSEA, SEIU and CalPERS), also as an instructor, manager, Dean, and Athletic Director. I currently work at Mills College in Oakland, CA as part of the Upward Bound program, as an instructor teaching financial literacy courses to low income and underrepresented students. My passion to serve others in their educational achievement is my life's work.

I have experience leading educational improvement efforts including, Educational Master Planning, Facilities Master Planning, Bond Measures, Student Equity Planning, Diversity Action Planning, policy development, fiscal and budget development, Strategic Planning, Business Advisory Committees, grant management, workforce and economic development and community development. I am a leader with expertise in educational administration who puts students first!


Please review my website, www.lilyeploski.org to learn about my background and vision for California. We have no time to lose!

I thank you for considering making a contribution to my campaign today. The primary election is June 5, 2018. I cannot do this without the support of the great people of California backing me. I cannot do this without you!

Please join me for in the movement for Education for the Future.

Lily E. Ploski Announces Bid for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018

Brought to you by Lily E. Ploski for State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018 FPPC ID #1400893


Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Lorraine Merrida endorsed

    “It is with great pleasure that I write this endorsement for Lily Ploski. Lily is a no nonsense Educator and Adminstrator, who has a firm grasp on what it takes to maximize student achievement. She is committed to Community engagement, promotes diversity, and has a core belief that every child can succeed academically, regardless of their socioeconomic background. I was afforded the opportunity to work with Lily on Project HYPE (Helping Youth to Prepare and Excel). The program was designed to prepare at-risk youth to take and pass the General Education Diploma (GED), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and to provide Leadership Skills, that promoted intellectual growth, creativity, and self discipline. Working so closely with Lily, I was able to witness first hand her energetic and innovative approach for helping at-risk students to achieve academically. Under Lily’s leadership 80% of the students successfully completed the program. Lorraine Merrida-Roos BA, Liberal Arts MBA, Curriculum Design”

  • Yuka Ogino endorsed

    “Lily supported me throughout my undergrad years. She is an authentic, dedicated, and compassionate leader and educator!”

  • Cynthia Garcia endorsed

    “She is a dedicated educator!”

February 23, 2018

Nomination paperwork completed!

I stopped by the Solano County Registrar of Voter's Office to complete final nomination paperwork yesterday. That means I am officially a candidate! Please support this grassroots campaign. I am a single mother, dedicated to success of every students in the state of California. Education for One and All!

February 19, 2018

Student Safety Takes Priority

Yesterday there was an impassioned speech by Emma Gonzalez, of Parkland, Florida about the senseless killing of innocent students and staff and the massive school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, Valentine's Day School Shooting. On the behalf of student warriors like Emma Gonzalez and all the students and communities that have experienced active shooters on campus, I take this pledge: I will not accept campaign contributions from the NRA or any group that perpetuates hate or violence.

February 13, 2018

Ploski heading to Spring CUE 2018 in Palm Springs

I am honored to accept an invitation to attend the State Superintendent of Public Education Candidates Forum taking place at the CUE Spring Conference in Palms Spring on March 16, 10:30am - 11:30am. Please stop by the forum if you are attending the conference.

http://spring.cue.org/

I am looking for campaign donations to make my message stronger in the community. 

I am seeking to address challenges in the following areas:

1.) School, College, Work, Community Pipeline

2.) Equity in All Outcomes

3.) School Safety

4.) Presence in the School and the Community

February 8, 2018

Ploski Files Candidate Statement with Secretary of State

I filed my Candidate's Statement to the Secretary of State's office well before the February 14 deadline. The statement is included in the Voter Information Guide that is distributed to every registered voter in the state of California. I was able to purchase space in the Voter Information Guide as a result of agreeing to limit my campaign expenditures in accordance with the provisions of proposition 34. This is a grass roots campaigns that is dependent on great people of the state of California for support. I take my responsibility for campaign expenditures to be about putting people first!

February 8, 2018

Great Dialog with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley faces unique and challenging issues with workforce development and housing concerns for the technology industry. I learned about some wonderful ways I can use my position as a candidate to promote technology, housing, transportation, industry growth, and promising STEM programs in the k-12 system and community colleges, and industry partnerships that can help support our students and families in the Silicon Valley.

February 8, 2018

Nomination paperwork completed!

I submitted the last of the 100 signatures necessary to complete the nomination papers. I can now officially declare myself a candidate for the position of State Superintendent of Public Instruction 2018.

February 6, 2018

Ploski to attend USC Candidates Forum on March 19th

I proudly accepted an invitation to be a part of the California State Superintendent Candidates' Forum taking place on March 19 at USC Center for Education Policy, Equity, and Governance. Please RSVP to attend below. I hope you can join me!

https://calendar.usc.edu/event...

January 17, 2018

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Lorraine Merrida endorsed

    “It is with great pleasure that I write this endorsement for Lily Ploski. Lily is a no nonsense Educator and Adminstrator, who has a firm grasp on what it takes to maximize student achievement. She is committed to Community engagement, promotes diversity, and has a core belief that every child can succeed academically, regardless of their socioeconomic background. I was afforded the opportunity to work with Lily on Project HYPE (Helping Youth to Prepare and Excel). The program was designed to prepare at-risk youth to take and pass the General Education Diploma (GED), the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and to provide Leadership Skills, that promoted intellectual growth, creativity, and self discipline. Working so closely with Lily, I was able to witness first hand her energetic and innovative approach for helping at-risk students to achieve academically. Under Lily’s leadership 80% of the students successfully completed the program. Lorraine Merrida-Roos BA, Liberal Arts MBA, Curriculum Design”

  • Yuka Ogino endorsed

    “Lily supported me throughout my undergrad years. She is an authentic, dedicated, and compassionate leader and educator!”

  • Lola ferguson endorsed

  • Cynthia Garcia endorsed

    “She is a dedicated educator!”