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California's Education Leaders Back Superintendent Tom Torlakson

SACRAMENTO - Demonstrating united support from key education leaders across California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced endorsements from 67 county and school district superintendents and local school board members.

Torlakson's supporters include state superintendents Jack O'Connell and Delaine Eastin, his two immediate predecessors, as well as 41 current and former county superintendents, 14 district superintendents, and a dozen members of local school boards. They join the state's leading organizations of classroom teachers and classified employees already backing Torlakson.

"As a classroom teacher himself, Superintendent Tom Torlakson understands that decisions about our education dollars are best made by local schools, parents and teachers themselves," said Jack O'Connell, who served as state superintendent from 2002 to 2010. "I'm supporting Torlakson because he fought not just to end the cuts to the education budget, but also to put control over education funds back in the hands of local communities."

Former State Superintendent Delaine Eastin, who held the office from 1994 to 2002, also praised Torlakson's leadership and teaching background.

"Tom Torlakson brings a classroom teacher's experience as well as two decades of local and state government know how to the job of State Superintendent, whether he's managing a complex agency like the California Department of Education or crafting legislation at the Capitol," Eastin said. "He's a passionate advocate for quality pre-school and early education because he's seen the impact of these programs first hand. California needs to keep Tom Torlakson working for our students and their future."

Torlakson's supporters include:

Alameda County Superintendent Sheila Jordan
Butte County Superintendent Tim Taylor
Contra Costa County Superintendent Joe Ovick
Orinda Union School District Boardmember Sarah Butler
Calaveras County Superintendent Kathy Northington
Fresno County Superintendent Jim Yovino
Humboldt County Superintendent Gary Eagles
Imperial County Superintendent Anne J. Mallory
Inyo County Superintendent Dr. Terence McAteer
Kings County Superintendent Tim Bowers
Lake County Superintendent Wally Holbrook
Long Beach District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser
Los Angeles County Superintendent Art Delgado
Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic
Los Angeles Unified School District Boardmember Steve Zimmer
Monterey County Superintendent Nancy Kotowski
Montebello School District Boardmember Hector Chacon
Newhall School Boardmember Suzan Solomon
Madera County Superintendent Cecilia Massetti
Marin County Superintendent Mary Jane Burke
Mendocino County Superintendent Paul Tichinin
Merced County Superintendent Steven Gomes
Napa County Superintendent Barbara Nemko
Nevada County Superintendent Holly Hermansen
Orange County Superintendent Al Mijares
Orange County Superintendent Bill Habermehl (Ret.)
Riverside County Superintendent Ken Young
Riverside School District Superintendent Mike Fine
Riverside County Superintendent (Ret.) and Fmr. Secretary of Education Dave Long
Alvord Unified Superintendent Dr. Ysidro Salazar
Beaumont Unified Superintendent Maureen Leatham
Corona-Norco Unified Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin
Coachella Unified Superintendent Dr. Darrell Adams
Desert Center Unified Superintendent Dr. Norm Guith
Moreno Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Judy White
Nuview Union Superintendent David Pyle
Palo Verde Unified Superintendent Dr. Mike Davitt
San Jacinto Unified Superintendent Diane Perez
Val Verde Unified Superintendent Juan Lopez
San Benito County Superintendent Mike Sanchez
San Bernardino County Superintendent Gary Thomas
San Bernardino Deputy Superintendent Ted Alejandre
Morongo School District Boardmember Karalee Hargrove
San Diego School District Boardmember Kevin Beiser
San Francisco Unified Commissioner Matt Haney
San Juan Unified School District Boardmember Pam Costa
San Joaquin County Superintendent Mick Founts
Lucia Mar Unified School District Board President Mark Millis
San Luis Obispo County Superintendent Julian D. Crocker
San Mateo County Superintendent Anne Campbell
San Mateo County Superintendent Jean Holbrook (Ret.)
Santa Ana County Superintendent Rick Miller
Santa Barbara County Superintendent Bill Cirone
Santa Clara County Superintendent Xavier De La Torre (Ret.)
Campbell Union School District Superintendent Eric Andrews
Santa Cruz County Superintendent Michael Watkins
Bonny Doon Union Elementary Superintendent Stephaine Siddens
Solano County Superintendent Jay Speck
Sonoma County Superintendent Steven Herrington
Sonoma County Superintendent Carl Wong (Ret.)
Stanislaus County Superintendent Tom Changnon
Tehama County Superintendent Larry Champion
Tuolumne County Superintendent Joe Silva
Ventura County Superintendent Stanley Mantooth
Washington Unified Trustee Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez
Yolo County Superintendent Jorge Ayala
Yolo County Board of Education Member Jesse Ortiz
Yuba County Superintendent Scotia Holmes

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.

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