Former State Senator Betty Karnette announced on February 4 that she will end her candidacy for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) and endorse Tom Torlakson. "My goal is and has always been to give students a good start in life. I understand the education system as a lawmaker and as a teacher and I have full confidence that Tom is the candidate we can all count on to make the improvements we need," Karnette said. "I trust him." "I am deeply honored to have Betty Karnette’s support for State Superintendent of Public Instruction," said Torlakson. "Her achievements on behalf of students are a personal inspiration, and her support means the world to me."