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Release: #18-46
June 27, 2018
Contact: Robert Oakes
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a statement today following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFSCME ruling, which said public employees shouldn’t have to pay the “fair share” fees that fund contract negotiations and similar union activities:

“This is a disappointing ruling that deprives teachers, classified school employees, and other working people of the critical resources they need to protect their rights,” said Torlakson. “The big changes underway to serve our students better in California would be impossible to implement effectively if our teachers have low morale. Teachers, at the very least, must have adequate pay, reasonable pensions, and good working conditions.”

“California, through its labor-management initiative, has worked hard to bring teachers and district management closer together to the benefit of our students, our parents, and our communities. This ruling will not diminish our efforts to value our teachers and all of our education partners. We will continue working together to make positive changes in education no matter what the federal government does. It’s the California Way.”

Torlakson started his public service career as a science teacher and a cross country and track coach.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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