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May 2014

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Advocacy Elections CTA's recommendations for the June 3 primary Q&A: Tom Torlakson Find your local candidates at Remember — your vote makes a difference. In California's open primary system, the top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, will move on to the November general election. Help elect lawmakers who will fund public schools and support all students and educators. Know that when you cast your vote for CTA-recommended candidates, you vote for those who will support teaching and learning issues. Learn more at Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has been hailed by educators as someone who "gets it" — who understands public education and how schools and colleges actually work. He is running for re-election, so we sat down and asked him a few questions. You're a teacher yourself. How does your time in the classroom influence your work as superintendent? It's true — I spent years teaching science in low-income communities, coached high school track and cross-countr y teams for 25 years, and continued to teach community college classes even after I took office. I tr y to bring my training and experience as a classroom teacher to ever y part of the job, whether it's managing a large, complex agency like the California Department of Education or shepherding major legislation through the Capitol. And because I am a teacher and a coach, I'm focused on an agenda that brings people together to build our schools up, not tear them down to make way for private interests. As California's schools start to recover from years of cuts, do you expect to see a renewed emphasis on providing a well-rounded educa- tion for students? Absolutely. We have to rebuild programs that we know help keep children involved and en- gaged, such as music, drama and sports, and refocus career technical education, which is a high priority for me. I'm thrilled that California has established a new Career Pathways Trust, with $250 million for schools to develop partnerships and career internship programs. I believe strongly that our students need a taste of the working world before they graduate, and need to leave school with real-world skills that will help them succeed in college and a career. What are your goals for the next four years? We need to keep fighting for the resources our students and schools deser ve, especially as we tackle the challenges that go with the transition to new standards and assessments (no more bubble tests!). At the same time, I believe we must make a commitment as a state to invest in early learning, so that ever y child gets off to a great start. 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