June 30, 2015
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Governor for Signing Vaccine Bill
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson praised Governor Jerry Brown for signing the vaccine legislation today and issued the following statement:
"I support Senate Bill 277 as part of my responsibility to protect the health and safety of California's 6.2 million students. For the California Department of Education, for the 1,100 school districts, for all other local educational agencies, and county offices of education, the health and safety of our children is paramount.
"By eliminating the personal belief exemption, SB 277 will increase the vaccination rates of our students. These rates have dropped so low during the past few years that the risk of disease outbreaks has risen significantly. At the same time, the bill provides educational options for families that decide against vaccinating their children.
"The bill protects the health of our children and our communities, especially those too young or too ill to receive vaccines. The bill protects against the outbreaks of debilitating, crippling, and costly preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. It will help keep students healthy so they can attend school, learn, and succeed."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100