June 21, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues
Statement on San Diego Schools Agreement
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement on the announcement by San Diego Unified School District Board of Education President John Lee Evans, San Diego Education Association President Bill Freeman, and other officials of an agreement they reached to prevent massive layoffs:
"The teachers and school district officials of San Diego deserve our appreciation for stepping up to the plate in a big way to make kids their top priority. It should serve as an example to us all that teachers and staff gave up well-earned pay raises to avoid layoffs and keep class sizes manageable in service to their students. In these tough economic times, the needs far outstrip the dollars we have available—even for something as fundamentally crucial as our public education system."