I've known Tom Torlakson for many years: we served in the State Senate together and I have seen him do a wonderful job as State Superintendent so far. I supported him in 2010 and glad to do so again. I proudly endorse Tom's re-election this year.
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a state official elected by the people on a nonpartisan ballot for a four-year term. They are the executive officer of the California Department of Education, responsible for running the department and executing policies set by the California State Board of Education.
In the Bay Area, Tom served as a high school teacher, which is another experience we have in common. He entered politics in Antioch, and then served on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Tom moved on to the California Assembly, where his public school experience helped him write legislation to develop the largest system of after school programs in the nation. He also was a key part of the Proposition 1A fight in '98, which led to a school building boom in California. He is a supporter of Freedom Schools here in CA too.
Most importantly, Tom put together a plan with his transition team for California's public schools in 2011, and he is continuing to work towards those goals.
Read on to find out how he will help "California provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood", and be sure to vote to re-elect Tom Torlakson on November 4th as California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction.