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Year 2016

Prior year news releases from CDE's Communications Division.

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December

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Urges "Safe Haven" Designation for California's 10,500 Public Schools
News Release #87—December 21, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports Slight Decline in Students’ Physical Fitness Test Results; Asks Schools, Parents to Maintain Focus on Healthy Kids
News Release #86—December 19, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints Valarie Bliss as Director of Personnel Services Division
News Release #85—December 16, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst Respond to Federal Denial of California’s Science Testing Waiver Request
News Release #84—December 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Plan to Better Prepare Professionals Who Work with Young Children
News Release #83—December 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Selects California High School Students to the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program
News Release #82—December 8, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Supports New Legislation to Promote Media Arts Education
News Release #81—December 5, 2016


November

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces $11.9 Million in Microsoft Settlement Technology Funds Available for California Schools
News Release #80—November 29, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Assures California Public School Students That They are Safe from Discrimination and Bullying
News Release #79—November 10, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Three Ballot Measures Approved by Voters that Will Help California Students and Schools
News Release #78—November 9, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Approval of Science Framework
News Release #77—November 3, 2016


October

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Release of $100 Million in College Readiness Grants
News Release #76—October 26, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Recognizes Expanded Learning Leaders in Honor of National Lights On Afterschool
News Release #75—October 20, 2016

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Praises Grant Program to Help Keep Students in School
News Release #74—October 17, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California Teachers of the Year
News Release #73—October 12, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Kicks Off 2016 California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium
News Release #72—October 10, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates Los Angeles Elementary School Principal on being named one of 'America's Best'
News Release #71—October 5, 2016


September

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates Four Outstanding California Teachers Receiving Presidential Honors
News Release #70—September 30, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces $49.9 Million to Fund Charter School Start-ups
News Release #69—September 29, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California Schools Recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools
News Release #68—September 28, 2016

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Thanks Governor for Signing Student Suicide Prevention Bill
News Release #67—September 27, 2016

California Department of Education Receives Seal of Biliteracy Honor in Washington, D.C.
News Release #66—September 23, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California Districts, Schools Chosen as 2016–17 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning
News Release #65—September 22, 2016

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Honors Latino Heritage Month
News Release #64—September 16, 2016

California Department of Education Releases New Information to Help Students in Foster Care
News Release #63—September 16, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints Donna Wyatt as Director of Career and College Transition Division
News Release #62—September 14, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2016 Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
News Release #61—September 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California School Districts Nutrition Grant Winners
News Release #60—September 12, 2016

State Board of Education Approves New Groundbreaking School Accountability System
News Release #59—September 8, 2016


August

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Congratulates Winner of Special Education Learning Award
News Release #58—August 29, 2016

Schools Chief Torlakson Reports Across-the-Board Progress Toward Career and College Readiness in California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Results
News Release #57—August 24, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Help is Available for Schools Damaged by Wildfires
News Release #56—August 22, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Launch of #GoOpen Initiative and Collaboration in Common Professional Learning Community
News Release #55—August 2, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints Kristin Wright as Director of Special Education Division
News Release #54—August 1, 2016


July

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Serving as Acting Governor, Declares "Change Lives – Be a Teacher Day" in California
News Release #53—July 20, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Speaks at Safe Schools Conference
News Release #52—July 20, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Praises Appointment of New California Community Colleges Chancellor
News Release #51—July 18, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Healthy Kids Survey for 2014–15 School Year
News Release #50—July 18, 2016

Superintendent Torlakson Announces Approval of History–Social Science Framework
News Release #49—July 14, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Updated List of Programs Serving Nutritious Meals to Low-Income Families
News Release #48—July 12, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Restores Powers to School Board of the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District
News Release #47—July 5, 2016


June

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Marks Successful Completion of CAASPP Testing
News Release #46—June 30, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Invites Public Comment on Draft California Science Framework
News Release #45—June 28, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Audit of California Virtual Academies
News Release #44—June 23, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Winners of New After School Program Award
News Release #43—June 23, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Releases Statement on Mass Murder in Orlando
News Release #42—June 13, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces Status of Teacher Recruitment and Training Bills at State Capitol
News Release #41—June 8, 2016


May

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Announces First High School Graduates with "Pre-Apprenticeship" Diplomas
News Release #40—May 26, 2016

State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Thanks Participants in 2016 Labor-Management Initiative Symposiums
News Release #39—May 24, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports New Record High School Graduation Rate and Sixth Consecutive Year of an Increase
News Release #38—May 17, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds President's Action Supporting Transgender Students
News Release #37—May 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Exemplary Program Awards and Title I Achieving Schools
News Release #36—May 12, 2016

Superintendent Torlakson Releases Report by the Accountability and Continuous Improvement Task Force
News Release #35—May 11, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports More Than Two-Thirds of California's Eligible Students Have Begun CAASPP Testing
News Release #34—May 10, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Visits John F. Kennedy High School to Promote After School Funding Legislation
News Release #33—May 2, 2016


April

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces New Online Resources for California's Common Core Learning Standards
News Release #32—April 26, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2016 Classified School Employees of the Year
News Release #31—April 26, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's National Green Ribbon Districts, Schools
News Release #30—April 22, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Appellate Court Ruling Overturning Vergara v. California Decision
News Release #29—April 14, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Site Superintendent for California School for the Deaf, Riverside
News Release #28—April 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award
News Release #27—April 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Recognizes Model Programs Reflecting New Methods of Attendance Supervision
News Release #26—April 5, 2016

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces $100,000 Career Technical Education Grant to Expand Job Opportunities
News Release #25—April 1, 2016


March

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Start of Annual CAASPP Testing
News Release #24—March 30, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2016 Model Continuation High Schools
News Release #23—March 28, 2016

Superintendent Torlakson Visits Top Teachers in Los Angeles
News Release #22—March 18, 2016

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces $245 Million Award of Career Technical Education Incentive Grants
News Release #21—March 9, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Online Survey to Improve Local Control and Accountability Plans
News Release #20—March 9, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues "Tech Challenge" to Improve Local Control Accountability Plans
News Release #19—March 7, 2016

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Federal Court Order Strengthening Student Privacy Protections in Morgan Hill Case
News Release #18—March 4, 2016


February

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Honors California Green Ribbon Schools Award Winners
News Release #17—February 26, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California Ranks 5th Nationally in Advanced Placement Exam Scores
News Release #16—February 24, 2016

Superintendent Torlakson Voices Strong Support for Protecting Student Privacy and Explains Ways to Object to Disclosure of Student Data
News Release #15—February 17, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints Division Directors for Government Affairs and School Facilities and Transportation
News Release #14—February 17, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's 2016 "Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage" Model Middle Schools
News Release #13—February 8, 2016

Federal Government Grants Waiver, Allowing California Districts Flexibility in Spending About $233 Million to Help Students
News Release #12—February 1, 2016


January

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports Large Increase in Students Automatically Eligible for Free School Meals
News Release #10—January 28, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Program
News Release #9—January 25, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Warns Sacramento High School Students About the Health Risks of E-Cigarette Use
News Release #8—January 20, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson and Los Angeles Clippers Announce Vision to Learn Program in Inglewood
News Release #7—January 19, 2016

State Board of Education Votes to Seek Relief from Provisions of Outdated Federal No Child Left Behind Act
News Release #6—January 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Decline in Suspensions and Expulsions for Third Year in a Row
News Release #5—January 13, 2016

Los Angeles Teacher Finalist for National Teacher of the Year
News Release #4—January 12, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments On Governor's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17
News Release #2—January 7, 2016

State Schools Chief Torlakson Appoints Division Directors to Help Districts Implement New Academic Standards and New Funding System
News Release #3—January 6, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Six California Schools Chosen as 2015–16 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning
News Release #1—January 6, 2016

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