State Superintendent Of Public Instruction
Incumbent Tom Torlakson maintained an early lead Tuesday in what had been expected to be a tight race for the job of California’s K-12 schools chief, a nonpartisan and largely ministerial post that in the months leading up to Election Day became an expensive battle ground with high stakes for teachers unions and education reformers.
California’s powerful teachers unions fought back Wednesday against a court ruling that struck down state laws on tenure and job protection for their 400,000 members, less than a week after Gov. Jerry Brown filed his own appeal.
Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some other states who have fought to end such protections or at least raise the standards for obtaining them.
In the race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction, incumbent Tom Torlakson staked an early lead over fellow Democrat Marshall Tuck while a a third GOP candidate had a surprisingly strong showing, according to early results.
Tom Torlakson said the passage of Proposition 30 is just the first step in getting the state’s education system back on track.
The state superintendent been lacing up sneakers to spread the word about the benefits of physical activity as he kicks off a healthy-kids initiative in California schools.
Emeryville’s school district has ended 10 years of state control by paying off the final installment of a $1.3 million loan it had to take out because of the large debt it had accumulated under its previous leadership.
On Monday California got a new State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Tom Torlakson. The former East Bay state assemblyman, Contra Costa County supervisor, and Antioch city councilman held an inauguration at Mount Diablo High School in Concord where he was once a teacher.
Californians will choose a new state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the ballot box in November.