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CA National Organization for Women PAC Endorses Tom for SPI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
Friday, March 26, 2010

CONTACT: John Shallman (818-728-4200)

CONCORD--The California National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (CA NOW PAC) announced today its endorsement of Assemblymember Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The primary election for the non-partisan office will take place on June 8, 2010.

"I am so honored to receive the endorsement of California NOW PAC in the race to lead California's schools," said Torlakson, a teacher and former high school track coach. "As a member, I have always been proud to support California NOW PAC's efforts to combat gender inequality and to improve the lives of women and children."

"California NOW PAC is proud to endorse Tom Torlakson because he's the candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction who will fight for neighborhood schools and full funding of education," said CA NOW PAC President Patty Bellasalma, "As a teacher and a legislator, Tom has fought to make schools high quality, healthy, and safe. He also has a long-standing record of fighting for us on issues important to women and children. That's why Tom is the best choice for California parents in the June primary."

CA NOW PAC aggressively seeks, supports, and endorses feminist candidates at local and state levels, with an ultimate goal of achieving full equality for women. CA NOW PAC is the largest state organization of feminists, both women and men.

A second-generation teacher, Torlakson has applied his experience as a science teacher and high school coach to reform the way public education works as a member of the State Legislature. Torlakson has acted to improve student nutrition and physical education, give schools the funding support they need to ensure academic achievement, and reduce the dropout rate. He has also worked diligently to protect education funding.

As Superintendent for Public Instruction, Torlakson will work to ensure parents can send their children to a safe, high-quality school in their own neighborhood. He also wants to expand career and technical education for high school students, protect college-prep courses and arts and music programs, fight to reduce the drop-out rate and close the achievement gap, and make sure the management of local school districts measures up to the highest standards of excellence.

Torlakson has also been endorsed by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin, California Federation of Teachers, California School Employees Association, California Professonal Firefighters, California Young Democrats, and many other individuals and organizations. More information on Torlakson's campaign and his endorsers can be found at www.TomTorlakson.com.

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