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California Nurses Association and SEIU California Endorse Tom for SPI

My campaign for State Superintendent of Public Instruction can now announce two major new endorsements--from the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California.

CNA and SEIU are key additions to the coalition I am honored to have working with me to fight for our kids and our public schools. The California Nurses Association represents 86,000 members. SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county, and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California.

"We are endorsing Tom because we know he will fight to improve our students' health as State Superintendent of Public Instruction," said Malinda Markowitz, R.N., Co-President of the California Nurses Association and its national arm, the National Nurses Organizing Committee. "Tom knows healthy students are more likely to succeed in the classroom. He has been a leader in removing junk food from our schools, improving physical education programs, and seeking to ensure every child has access to health care."

I believe the State Superintendent should be a leading advocate for our children's health because a hungry, sick, or depressed child cannot learn as well as a healthy child. That's why student health must be an education reform priority. In my time as a teacher, coach, and policy maker, I have been committed to fighting for an education system that serves the whole child: not just their minds, but also their mental and physical wellness.

As part of SEIU's endorsement process, I participated in a "Walk a Day in My Shoes" program with Theresa Aguilar, a night custodian at Bell High School. Working with Theresa, I saw first-hand the horrible impact the recent education budget cuts have had on the support services our students and schools need to succeed. I also joined over 2,000 SEIU members and other statewide candidates in a "Rebuild California" town hall meeting.

I am running for State Superintendent because I want to ensure parents can send their children to a safe, quality school in their own neighborhood. I want to expand career and technical education for high school students, protect college-prep courses and arts and music programs, and make sure the management of local school districts measures up to the highest standards of excellence.

Would you help spread the word about my campaign today? You can send your friends an email about my background and education agenda by visiting the "Spread the Word" section of my web site. You can also help me spread the word about my campaign by making a contribution to help me reach more California voters.

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