California's Educators Congratulate Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Re-election Victory

posted Nov 6, 2014, 7:29 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association

California Teachers Association President Dean E. Vogel issued the following statement congratulating Tom Torlakson for his victory in his re-election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction:


“It was a good election night for California’s students. Voters re-elected Tom Torlakson as the Superintendent of Public Instruction and showed once again that public education works best when decisions about local schools are made by parents and educators in their local communities.


“Voters clearly saw through the smoke, mirrors and millions of dollars poured into this race for Marshall Tuck by a group of billionaires and millionaires, many of whom don’t live in California, who were hoping to buy the Superintendent’s office and push their agenda on our local schools. Despite spending $12 million dollars in the final weeks of the race, voters rejected their corporate agenda of privatizing our schools, more standardized testing and eliminating professional rights for educators. In the end, it wasn’t the money that mattered; it was the voice of teachers, support staff and parents that prevailed. We can now stay on track, and continue to work together to give all students the quality education they deserve.


“We look forward to continuing to work with Tom to ensure learning over testing and the proper training and professional development for all educators as the state continues to implement the Common Core State Standards and the Local Control Funding Formula, and gets ready for the new assessment system.”