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Torlakson Receives Bipartisan Support for State Superintendent: Republicans, Democrats Unite To Support A Teacher

Republicans, Democrats Unite To Support A Teacher

Teacher and Assemblymember Tom Torlakson, the California Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today new support from many of the state’s top Republican leaders. Citing his credibility as a current teacher and his ability to build agreement across party lines, leaders across the aisle have joined together in a rare moment of political consensus.

“Education must always be a non-partisan issue,” Former Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte said in his endorsement of Mr. Torlakson, “and Tom’s proven record of building bipartisan support shows me that he knows what needs to be done to bring California back to the top!”

Former Secretary of Education Dave Long has also announced his support of Torlakson, saying, “The fact that Tom is still a teacher to this day separated him in the primaries and continues to separate him from others. Successfully managing California’s 9,900 public schools and more than 6 million students will take the expertise, experience, and collaborative skills of Tom Torlakson.”

Torlakson also announced more Republican endorsements including: Former Los Angeles Mayor and former State Secretary of Education Richard Riordan, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, Senator Bob Dutton, Senator Bill Emmerson, Former Senate Republican Caucus Chair Maurice Johannessen, Former Senator Bob Margett, Assemblymember Anthony Adams, Assemblymember Tom Berryhill, Assemblymember Connie Conway, Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher, Assemblymember Diane Harkey, Assemblymember Brian Nestande, Contra Costa County Supervisor and Delta Protection Commissioner Mary Peipho, Former San Diego City Councilmember and President of the California League of Cities Jim Madafer, Former Superintendent of Monterey County and past President of the Association of California Schools Administrators Bill Barr, and Taft City Unified School District Trustee Les Clark.

A second-generation teacher, Torlakson has applied his experience as a science teacher and high school coach to reform the way public education works as a member of the State Legislature. Torlakson has acted to improve student nutrition and physical education, give schools the funding support they need to ensure academic achievement, and reduce the dropout rate. He has also worked diligently to protect education funding.

As Superintendent for Public Instruction, Torlakson will work to ensure parents can send their children to a safe, high-quality school in their own neighborhood. He also wants to expand career and technical education for high school students, protect college-prep courses and arts and music programs, fight to reduce the drop-out rate and close the achievement gap, and make sure the management of local school districts measures up to the highest standards of excellence.

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