SACRAMENTO - Based on his strong track record as a teacher and environmentalist, State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson has been endorsed by the California League of Conservation Voters.
"Tom Torlakson has proven that having a teacher and environmentalist in the job of state superintendent provides California with a powerful advocate on behalf of children and school communities," said CLCV Political Director David Allgood. "From promoting environmental education to creating a forward-looking plan for building sustainable schools, Superintendent Torlakson is helping students and schools take a leading role in protecting California's environment."
Torlakson supported the development of California's Education and the Environment Curriculum, a landmark environment-based curriculum that teaches select California science and history/social science standards, addressing issues from resource use to climate change.
In addition, Torlakson brought environmental experts together with architects and school construction officials to examine how to better incorporate renewable and sustainable technologies into school building and modernization projects. The group's "Schools of the Future" report is designed to serve as a guide for local districts and the state to make new school projects more sustainable and to encourage the use of renewable energy sources at school facilities.
Torlakson also created California's annual Green Ribbon Schools awards program, which recognizes schools with outstanding environmental practices.
A second-generation public school teacher, Torlakson is seeking a second term as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Torlakson uses his classroom experience to make schools safer, help more students graduate with real-world skills, and put more decision-making over education dollars in the hands in the hands of parents, teachers and communities.