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Tom Torlakson

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California Teacher Unions Appeal Tenure Ruling

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.

09/03/2014

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Gov. Jerry Brown Appeals California Teacher Tenure Ruling

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.

08/29/2014

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. (Torlakson Campaign)

Campaign To Reduce Student Loan Debt Kicks Off In Oakland

The “Degrees Not Debt” campaign kicked-off this week at Oakland’s La Escuelita Elementary School. The national campaign by the National Education Association seeks to reduce student loan debt.

08/22/2014

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson (left), challenger Marshall Tuck. (Torlakson Campaign, Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Torlakson Stakes Early Lead In Race For State Schools Superintendent

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.

06/03/2014

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California Schools Superintendent Race Features Competing Visions In Unions, Reformists Proxy Fight

The race for state schools chief in California is typically a sleepy affair. With the authority to set education policy vested in the Legislature and a state board of education appointed by the governor, the superintendent’s job has served primarily as a pulpit with no real power.

05/30/2014

Angelo "Ang" Bracco, a special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo, has been named a 2014 California Teacher of the Year. (Solano County Office of Education)

Vallejo Educator, Ex-Police Officer Named Calif. Teacher Of The Year

A special education teacher at Solano Middle School in Vallejo has been named a California Teacher of the Year.

11/04/2013

Vice President Joe Biden (L) applauds as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address.  (Photo by Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty Images)

Calif. Schools Chief Applauds Obama’s Call For Expanded Pre-School Access

California’s state schools chief on Tuesday night welcomed President Barack Obama’s plan for all 50 states to provide pre-kindergarten schools for 4-year-olds, indicating that he believed such a move would result in better prepared students and ultimately a more educated workforce.

02/12/2013

Sequoia High School, Redwood City

California Roll Out New Student Testing Proposal Aimed At Critical Thinking

California’s students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.

01/08/2013

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California Schools Chief Calls For Statewide Bond Measure

Tom Torlakson said the passage of Proposition 30 is just the first step in getting the state’s education system back on track.

12/26/2012

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California Students Post New Gains In STAR Testing

California’s top education official says the state’s students posted the ninth straight year of gains in English and math proficiency on this year’s standardized tests.

08/31/2012

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