November 16, 2011
State School Chief Tom Torlakson Comments
on Legislative Analyst's Office Report
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today regarding the Legislative Analyst's fiscal assessment [http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/bud/fiscal_outlook/fiscal_outlook_2011.aspx] also released today:
"If the Legislative Analyst's forecast proves correct, mid-year cuts will bring yet another painful blow to California's schools, which already have endured $18 billion in reductions in recent years.
"Fewer children will get the child care critical to a good start in life, more families will have to scramble to get students to and from school, and pupils will likely find more crowded classrooms once they get there.
"That's not the world-class education California's children deserve. We must commit ourselves as a state to finding the resources we need to make our schools great again."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100