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Now, Let’s Make It Count! VOTE!

Dear Friends,

The big day is finally here! And thanks to you, the momentum is on our side – with the latest public poll indicating we’re now in the lead.

The only poll that really counts, though, is the one taken at the polls on Election Day. Please be sure to vote – and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

In the last few months, I’ve been from one end of California to the other – and back again. Everywhere, I’ve met dedicated parents, students, teachers, school employees and volunteers dedicated to protecting the promise of public education.

We are joined in this cause by leaders from every community across California, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Controller John Chiang, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León, and Congress members Karen Bass, Judy Chu, Janice Hahn and Maxine Waters, among many others.

I could not be prouder to stand with them and the more than 400,000 classroom teachers, thousands of school employees, child care workers, building trades members, nurses, firefighters, police officers, electrical workers, plumbers, and more than 100 education leaders across California who believe this is not the time to put our schools at risk.

We have come together because all know that our schools are stronger when we work together. That’s how we stopped the cuts to education and raised graduation rates to a record high. And that’s how we’ll continue our work to be sure all children get the great education they deserve.

Thank you all for your kindness and support during this campaign, and for your dedication to the future of our children and our state. Now, let’s make it count! VOTE!


Tom Torlakson Signature


You Decide

Tom-Toriakson-103_300.jpgAs a teacher and coach, I know from experience that the best answers for our schools don't come from Washington, D.C., Sacramento, or Wall Street. 

That’s why I’m working to give parents, teachers, and communities more power to decide what's best for the children they serve. We are in the midst of carrying out Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula to empower parents, teachers, and local school leaders to make their own decisions about how education dollars are spent.

It’s an exciting time for our schools. Parents, teachers, and community members are starting to work together to ensure students get the skills they'll need to be successful in the real world of careers and college. New career technical education programs are taking shape in many schools. Others are working to restore the arts, civics, and STEM. 

How about you? What priorities do you have for improving the schools in your community? To share your ideas and hopes with me, click here.

We’ve got a long way to go, but I’m proud of the great work California is doing to empower and engage parents, teachers, and communities -- and I’m determined to stand against those who would turn power over to politicians or private interests.

Best regards,
Tom Torlakson Signature


Ringing the Bell on Truancy

KamalaHarris_TomTorlakson.jpgAs a teacher I know that when children miss school I can't help them learn.

That's why I have been working with Attorney General Kamala Harris to help bring more attention to student truancy.

Earlier this week I joined the Attorney General and Legislators to highlight the problem and discuss potential solutions.

A lost school day is a lost opportunity for our students to learn. We cannot afford these losses. We must do more to ensure our students are in the classroom and ready to learn.

I am excited by the growing attention being paid to truancy and chronic absenteeism by Attorney General Harris, parents, education leaders, legislators, and the public. Together we can create solutions.

I'm going to need your help to have the opportunity to continue working on vital issues like this. Can you make a donation of $4 or more today to help my campaign to continue such efforts?

I've enjoyed having this opportunity to develop solutions and offer ideas and assistance to our schools. We have more work to do. That's one of the reasons I am thankful leaders like Attorney General Harris are making truancy a top priority.


Tom Torlakson

P.S. I am having a reception on Saturday, March 15, in Contra Costa County. Please purchase a ticket now by clicking here. I'd love to share more details with you in person about all of the work we are doing to help our students!