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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #11-65
September 8, 2011
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Calls for Cooperation,
Partnership on School Construction Projects

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson urged county and district superintendents and charter school administrators to work in partnership with California workers on school construction projects.

In a letter to local officials, Torlakson urged local officials to review a recent UCLA Labor Center study when considering whether to negotiate project labor agreements in conjunction with school building and modernization efforts.

"Project labor agreements are a valuable tool to help local educational agencies complete quality projects on time, reduce maintenance costs, assure worker safety, and maximize local job creation," said Torlakson. "Providing safe and modern school facilities helps California students succeed academically and is of vital importance to our state’s economy."

"Having declared the first school financial emergency in California’s history earlier this year, I am fully aware of the challenging fiscal circumstances school districts face," added Torlakson. "I remain convinced, however, that our state’s economic recovery depends on our willingness to work in partnership with the working people of California, creating jobs and opportunity in the process with the help of project labor agreements."

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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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