May 14, 2013
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues Statement on Governor's May Revision
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement after Governor Brown released his May Revision of the 2013-14 state budget:
"As a teacher, it's heartening to finally see new resources directed to California's schools after so many years of painful cuts. Californians want our schools back on solid financial ground, and Governor Brown's proposal represents another important step in the right direction.
"I'm particularly pleased to see a substantial share of these new investments devoted to helping our schools prepare, train, and equip themselves to fully implement the Common Core State Standards. These funds will help California's schools prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world, and graduate armed with the real-world skills they need to thrive in college and a career.
"In addition, we must continue to work to see that all children, including our youngest and most vulnerable, benefit from California's recovery. We must commit ourselves to rebuilding California's early learning system—which suffered nearly $1 billion in cuts over the past few years—with this budget and in budgets to come."