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Superintendent Tom Torlakson Draws Strong Campaign Support

Teachers, Firefighters, School Employees Help Schools Chief Raise $775,000

SACRAMENTO - Demonstrating significant early support from teachers, school employees, firefighters and a deep grassroots network, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson reported raising more than $775,000 last year for his upcoming re-election bid.

Torlakson's campaign starts the year with more than $550,000 in cash on hand, more than any of his potential challengers. Support for Torlakson ranged from a $5 contribution from a retired teacher to the maximum allowed by law.

"As a teacher and a coach, I know it takes teamwork to get things done," Torlakson said. "Just as we needed a strong team to stop the budget cuts to education, we're building a strong team to fight for the future of our children and our public schools."

Torlakson was elected in 2010 and plans to seek a second four-year term as State Superintendent of Public Instruction this year. A second-generation public school teacher, Torlakson puts his classroom experience and his background as a champion high-school coach and education leader to work every day to help all California children get the world-class education they deserve.

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