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Release: #13-119
December 5, 2013
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Comments on Death of South African Leader

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today after the death of anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela:

"With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost one of its greatest teachers—a model of compassion, strength, and peace. He truly accomplished what so many of us hope for: to leave the world an indisputably better place than he found it. He will be missed for many years to come, but his memory will never be diminished."

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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