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Support Grows for Tom Torlakson: Endorsed by 100 Education Leaders

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today added dozens of endorsements from key educational leaders, bringing the number of California superintendents, school board members and other educators supporting his campaign to more than 100.

Torlakson's re-election is now backed by 48 current and former county superintendents, 27 current and former district superintendents and more than two dozen school board members and other education leaders, including Stanford Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, who chairs California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

"As a career educator himself, Tom Torlakson believes every student deserves great teachers," Darling-Hammond said. "Superintendent Torlakson is working to improve teacher training and support, and the law he helped pass gives schools a streamlined process to quickly remove the few who are not up to the job, while protecting teachers' and students' rights."

Also backing Torlakson is California Board of Education Member Carl A. Cohn, co-director of the Urban Leadership Program and a clinical professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Cohn also served as superintendent of schools in the San Diego Unified School District.

"Superintendent Tom Torlakson understands that we need to invest in all our children, and make sure a high-quality public school is available in every neighborhood - not just wealthy ones," Cohn said. "Torlakson is working to expand career training, get parents more involved in our schools, and make sure education decisions are made by teachers, parents and communities - not politicians in Washington or investors on Wall Street."

The education leaders supporting Torlakson join the state's leading organizations of classroom teachers and classified school employees already backing his campaign, as well as his two immediate predecessors in the office of state superintendent, Jack O'Connell and Delaine Eastin.

A current list of Torlakson's supporters is available here.

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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