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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #14-8
January 22, 2014
Contact: Lara Azar
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Responds to
Governor's State of the State Address

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement regarding Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State Address:

"As Governor Brown made clear, California is poised for a tremendous leap forward, and nowhere is that more the case than in public education. The Local Control Funding Formula is by its nature a major victory for our students and their schools. It pushes decision-making closer to those students and their parents. It measures outcomes instead of whether the right dollars were put into the right categorical boxes.

"It's an exciting time for education, from the new Common Core standards to modern assessments, from expanded access to education for our youngest learners to college and career readiness for our graduates.

"I visit schools across the state. I see students hard at work. I see the teachers who do so much more than teach—who guide and inspire. I see principals and administrators who provide so much of the foundation for what happens in the classroom. And I know that Governor Brown's confidence in these educators as we move forward together is well-placed."

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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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