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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-22
February 12, 2013
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Statement
on the President's State of the Union Address

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:

"I welcome President Obama's call for making early learning a national priority.

"We know that there are significant benefits to helping children start school excited and ready to learn—and that those benefits last the rest of their lives.

"Like other parts of the nation, California has struggled to preserve high-quality early education during the Great Recession.

"We look forward to this new opportunity to partner with the Administration to give more children the opportunity to benefit from high-quality early education programs."

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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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