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Teaching kids is Tom's life’s work. As a teacher and a coach, Tom has always considered it a privilege to serve California’s children.

Whether it’s in the classroom, before and after school, or for the past three years as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom's guiding principle is simple: doing what’s right for kids.

California’s schools are making progress. We’ve stopped the painful budget cuts and begun to invest in our children and our schools again. Graduation rates are at an all-time high and test scores are near their peak.

Of course, there’s much more to do – expanding career training, updating school technology, expanding access to the arts, and helping every child get off to the right start with access to quality preschool programs.

Please take a moment and join Tom's team today. And let's help Tom keep working to build a brighter future for California’s kids.


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WMH Corporation endorsed via 2014-02-04 14:33:22 -0800
I have known Tom for over 25 years, he has dedicated his career to help teachers, parents, and students. He has helped to shape major policy issues impacting California, and helped to get California schools out of their severe slump by spearheading new initiatives and leading the charge for reform.

William Hadaya
endorsed 2014-02-04 10:30:34 -0800
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endorsed 2014-01-20 12:13:44 -0800
Go Tom – keep up the great job!!
endorsed via 2014-01-19 22:00:16 -0800
@ectoman tweeted link to this page. 2014-01-19 21:01:57 -0800
I'm endorsing @TomTorlakson for re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please join me!
posted about this on Facebook 2014-01-19 21:01:57 -0800
I'm endorsing @TomTorlakson for re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please join me!
endorsed 2014-01-19 20:52:11 -0800
Tom Torlakson is a GREAT LEADER! Whatever he touches, becomes golden. Tom has committed every fabric of his being to make California a better place. Let’s keep this train moving!
endorsed 2014-01-18 16:05:10 -0800
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endorsed 2014-01-16 20:39:55 -0800
Superintendent Torlakson has done a great job in turning our very broken school system around to where we want it. He needs time to finish the job.
posted about this on Facebook 2014-01-16 19:08:06 -0800
I'm endorsing @TomTorlakson for re-election as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Please join me!
endorsed 2014-01-16 19:07:31 -0800
endorsed 2014-01-16 17:12:56 -0800
You are the best! Thank you for fighting for children, teachers, and education.
endorsed 2014-01-16 16:34:02 -0800
endorsed 2014-01-16 16:23:49 -0800
endorsed 2014-01-16 15:31:09 -0800
I’m looking forward to working on the Tolakson campaign.I couldn’t be more pleased that he is running, again.
endorsed 2014-01-16 14:51:59 -0800
Tom Torlakson gets it! He gets the need to transform to a 21st Century Teaching and Learning Environment for all students! He gets that teachers need professional development and support rather than accusations and apathy! He gets that No Child Left Behind should be No Child Left Offline! That is why I strongly support Tom Torlakson for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the Great State of California! Let’s re-elect Tom Torlakson so he can finish the job!
endorsed 2014-01-16 14:12:34 -0800
Tom-What a great letter and while I think you would excel at anything you set out to do, I am glad you are running for re-election!
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:53:19 -0800
I attempted to follow up with Mr. Torlakson after meeting him on December 23. Thought I might have received a response the my e-mail that reads as follows:

Hello Mr. Torlakson,

It was such a pleasure to have met you today while I had my meeting with both Angel and Argentina Aluevano of Todos Unidos. As we shared with you earlier today, we are in the process of scheduling a presentation with Lindamood Bell and key leaders in the community. The presentation will be hosted in the spring and as soon as we get a date, we will extend an invitation to you.

I shared briefly about my background but to provide a bit more information, I am the co-chair of the Contra Costa County SELPA (Special Education Local Planning Area) CAC (Community Advisory Committee) and the chair of Antioch Unified School Districts CAC. I’m also a Special Education Advocate working with families that have children with special needs throughout Contra Costa County. My goal continues to be educating families and collaborating with public school entities in providing improved services for our children.

Assemblyman Fraizier was in the process of setting up a meeting between his office and yours to discuss present concerns in a few of the school districts that I work with. Now that my son is interning in his office, I’ll have to follow up with him on scheduling that meeting sometime after New Years.

Again, it was a pleasure to have met you and I look forward to meeting with you in the near future.

Alicia Coleman-Clark

Nonetheless, I believe in Mr. Torlaksons vision as we all work toward a better public education system for all students in California
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:36:12 -0800
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:24:52 -0800
Fresno County Democratic Women's Club endorsed 2014-01-16 13:23:08 -0800
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:20:53 -0800
We are a local teachers association that is directed politically by California Teachers Association (CTA). I see no reason why our parent association would not endorse Superintendent Torlakson along with Governor Brown. As to volunteering, my organization will be involved in any endorsement made by CTA.
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:09:36 -0800
So glad to hear of your continued plan to serve in your current role. At the last

ACSA State Superintendents’ Conference in Monterey, you mentioned you would like to pursue a brief conversation we had about the role of local education foundations in our state as a way to bring additional monetary and in-kind resources to our students….that was just about a year ago. I hope that conversation can continue.

Thanks for the opportunity to share thoughts.
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:08:47 -0800
I have followed your career since you became a Contra Costa Supervisor and I’m thankful for the work you have done for the people of Contra Costa County and the state of California. As a fellow teacher, you are doing amazing work in California education and must be re-elected. Go Tom!
endorsed 2014-01-16 13:08:37 -0800
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