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Tom Torlakson


12 Bay Area Schools Nominated For State Blue Ribbon Program

Twelve Bay Area schools have been nominated to the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.


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Emeryville’s School District Ends State Control With $1.3M Loan Payoff

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.



California Dropout Rate Reaches Nearly 20 Percent

The numbers are even worse in Oakland, where 37 percent of students were found to have dropped out before graduating.


Tom Torlakson

California Schools Chief, Teachers Press Taxes With Lawmakers

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson joined dozens of teachers, nurses and firefighters at a state Capitol rally Wednesday.

CBS San Francisco–05/11/2011

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Pink Slips Handed Out To Thousands Of California Teachers

School districts in California have issued nearly 19,000 layoff notices so far to teachers amid uncertainty over the state budget, the California Teachers Association estimated Tuesday.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/15/2011


New Schools Chief Outlines California Education’s Dire Fiscal Crisis

Bleak financial conditions are facing California schools after three years of cuts to education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said Thursday.


Tom Torlakson

Torlakson Sworn In As New California Schools Chief

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.


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Tight Race Expected For State Superintendent

Californians will choose a new state Superintendent of Public Instruction at the ballot box in November.


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Experience Key To Candidates For California Schools Chief

A Bay Area teacher-turned-lawmaker and a retired Southern California district superintendent are competing to be California’s next education chief at a time when public schools are facing unprecedented financial challenges.

CBS San Francisco–10/05/2010



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