Re-Elect State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
On Election Day, voters will make an important choice for the future of California’s students. They can continue reinvesting and improving our public schools with former educator and current State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, or they can roll the dice with his opponent, a former Wall Street investment banker who wants to increase high-stakes testing and expand corporate charter schools.
Torlakson a friend of classified employees
CSEA supports Tom Torlakson, incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction and longtime friend of classified employees. Torlakson’s leadership during the past four years helped to obtain sorely needed school funding through the passage of Proposition 30. As California public schools gradually reverse the draconian budget cuts of the past decade, Association President Michael Bilbrey said it’s imperative to re-elect Torlakson.
“Tom has always stood alongside CSEA as we worked to increase funding to schools and improve the quality of education students receive statewide,” he said. “I’m asking all CSEA members to do everything they can to help re-elect our friend, Tom Torlakson.”
Opponent a well-funded Wall Street banker
In the June primary, Torlakson received the most votes of three candidates, barely missing the amount needed to win outright. Now, Torlakson face off against Marshall Tuck, a well-funded, former investment banker that wants to run schools like a business. The outcome will have major impacts on California public education.
“For me, it comes down to who we are and what we believe,” Torlakson said. “My opponent is a former Wall Street investment banker who has never taught in California’s public schools. I’m a teacher, and I bring a teacher’s approach to this job, whether I’m managing things at the Department of Education or seeing a piece of legislation through the process at the Capitol. That’s why I believe strongly that we have to invest in all of our children and make sure that a high-quality public school is available in every neighborhood, not just the wealthy ones.”
Torlakson understands important role of classified employees
Torlakson is also keenly aware of the role classified employees play in education. He is eager to continue working closely with CSEA leaders and other members of the education community to continue reinvesting in California schools.
“As a former teacher, I know that classified employees are the first people to greet students in the morning and the last to see them off on their way home in the afternoon. You set the tone for everyone at the school, for students, for parents and for teachers. You’re the glue that holds a school together—and sometimes the kind word that keeps a student engaged and involved.”
Tom Torlakson supports classified employees, our schools and our students!