June 15, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Notes Legislature's
Commitment to Quality Early Learning and Child Development
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today on the Legislature's action to largely protect quality early learning and child development programs in the State Budget for 2012-13:
"Despite the state's deep fiscal challenges, California's lawmakers have done their best to uphold the principle that every child deserves to start life with a chance to learn and grow—no matter where they happen to live.
"While every dollar of lost funding will hurt, keeping the cuts to preschool and quality child care programs to a minimum—as well as rejecting the ill-advised proposal shift of these programs away from Department of Education oversight—acknowledges the fundamental role these programs play in the future of our children and the success of our state.
"Thank you, Assembly Speaker John Pérez, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and all your colleagues for heeding the calls of California's early learning community and recognizing how essential these programs are to a world-class education system."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100