September 25, 2013
State School Chief Tom Torlakson Issues Statement on
Minimum Wage Legislation
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued the following statement today following Governor Brown's signing of a bill to raise California's minimum wage.
"Raising the minimum wage in California means making it just a little bit easier for families to make ends meet—and what's good for families is good for children. In our schools, we strive to reach and teach the 'whole child,' a phrase and philosophy that have taken on new meaning in this harsh economy.
"A child who hasn't had a decent meal or a good night's sleep isn't poised to learn to his or her full potential. Raising the minimum wage helps open doors for children and their future. That's good for all of us, and I applaud the Governor and Legislature for taking this important step for California."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100