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Release: #14-63
June 10, 2014
Contact: Lara Azar
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Issues Statement on Ruling in Vergara Lawsuit

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the following statement today on the ruling issued in the Vergara v. California case:

"All children deserve great teachers. Attracting, training, and nurturing talented and dedicated educators are among the most important tasks facing every school district, tasks that require the right mix of tools, resources, and expertise. Today's ruling may inadvertently make this critical work even more challenging than it already is.

"While I have no direct jurisdiction over the statutes challenged in this case, I am always ready to assist the Legislature and Governor in their work to provide high-quality teachers for all of our students. Teachers are not the problem in our schools, they are the solution."

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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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