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Release: #15-87
December 2, 2015
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Praises Every Student Succeeds Act

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act.

"This legislation ushers in a new era in education. I"m pleased that it follows the lead of California in so many important areas, including enhancing local control and providing more flexibility to the states to set up accountability systems that look at multiple measures of success rather than placing so much emphasis on one test. California is currently in the process of doing just that.

"I am also glad the legislation encourages states to reduce unnecessary and wasteful testing just as California has done over the years.

"I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this legislation and President Obama to sign it."

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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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