November 9, 2016
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Three Ballot Measures Approved by Voters that Will Help California Students and Schools
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today thanked voters for passing three critical ballot measures that will help improve California’s education system, Proposition 55, Proposition 51, and Proposition 58.
“Together these ballot measures will help our education system move forward so we can better serve our students and prepare them for 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said. “Proposition 55 continues a major investment in our schools, providing districts with the resources to continue the momentum we have seen reflected in increasing graduation rates, rising test scores in math and English, reduced class sizes, and the return of classes in art, music, science, and civics.”
Proposition 51 will provide the resources that districts around the state need to construct and repair buildings and facilities that provide our students and educators with the modern classroom environment they need to learn and succeed.
Proposition 58 reduces unnecessary barriers to multilingual education and encourages our students to become proficient in a language in addition to English, an ability that will allow them to succeed in the global workplace, and to more fully participate in the rich cultural diversity of California.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100