May 13, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reacts to May State Budget Revision
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement in connection with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.'s May Revision [http://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18521] of the State Budget:
"Governor Brown's May Revision reaffirms California's commitment to local control over education dollars, and continues the state's progress toward empowering local administrators, teachers, parents, students, and school communities to determine how best to serve our young people. It further frees our schools and districts to do this crucial work by lifting the weight of years of deferred payments.
"And, importantly, this budget takes another small but valuable step toward the kind of education that truly prepares students for the world they will encounter outside our classrooms. Already, nearly three million students have participated in the field test of modern new assessments, and we are learning a great deal about what our students and schools can do during this 'test of the test.' Governor Brown's proposed $30 million to build up our high-speed connections will play an important role as we take what we learn this year and apply it to being ready to go operational next year.
"Finally, I appreciate the Governor's willingness to tackle the issue of providing a secure retirement for California's teachers, and I look forward to many conversations to come on this important part of education policy."