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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #11-6
January 11, 2010
Contact: Paul Hefner
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson
Comments on Quality Counts 2011 Report

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement regarding today's release of Quality Counts 2011: Uncertain Forecast—Education Adjusts to a New Economic Reality [http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2011/01/13/index.html?Intc=EW-QC11-EWH] External link opens in new window or tab., an annual report card issued by Education Week.

"It is fitting that the latest edition of Quality Counts that studied the impact of the economy on education should coincide with the release of our Governor's budget proposal that underscored California's extensive budget problems.

"Our state's overall grade for six categories studied is a C—the same as the nation's. But average is not good enough for me, for our students, or for our teachers. You wouldn't want a 'C' mechanic working on your car, a 'C' attorney defending you in court, or a 'C' surgeon operating on you in a hospital—and we can't afford to be satisfied with a 'C' for California schools.

"Our state has thrived, grown, and prospered over the years because in technology, jobs, and the environment, California has always led the way. Investing in our schools is the only way to be sure our future remains bright and our people are ready to help lead this challenging global age."

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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