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       Meet Tom

      Assemblymember Tom Torlakson is a second-generation teacher
      who has applied his experience as a science teacher and high
      school coach to fight for our kids and reform the way public
      education works in California.                                                                                                       Meet Tom
      Tom’s journey has led him from the classrooms of Contra Costa
      County’s Mount Diablo Unified School District (where he remains                                                                        Tom's Legislative Awards
      a teacher-on-leave), to the Antioch City Council, Contra Costa
      County Board of Supervisors, and the California State Senate and                                                                       Tom's Special Awards
      State Assembly.

      Improving our state’s public education system has been the top
      priority for Tom as a member of the Legislature. Tom has acted
      to improve student nutrition and physical education, give schools
      the funding support they need to ensure academic achievement,
      and fought to reduce the dropout rate. He has also worked
      diligently to protect education funding.

      In 1998 Tom authored legislation that has led to the
      development of the largest system of after school programs in
      the nation. In 2006, he authored the bill that led to a 300
      percent expansion in these programs—so they now reach 4,000
      schools around the state. Tom authored the Quality Education
      Improvement Act in 2006, which dedicates nearly $3 billion to
      our lowest performing schools. Tom also played a key role
      negotiating and authoring the $9 billion Proposition 1A bond
      measure in 1998—which has led to public votes supporting over
      $35 billion to build new schools and improve existing school
      buildings.

      Tom championed legislation to increase funding for textbooks, computers, and other instructional materials; bills to enhance
      campus safety, close the digital divide, eliminate the achievement gap, improve student health, and reduce the horrible drop-out
      rate. Tom has also authored legislation to improve the safety of our children and students—including landmark legislation to
      regulate amusement park rides, improve reporting of sexual assaults and other crimes against children, combat hazing, and
      make our schools safer for students and teachers.

      As the chair and founder of the California Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness, Tom has been a leader on banning
      junk food from our schools, providing healthier school meals, and promoting student health and fitness.

      Tom is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction so he can fight for our kids. He wants to ensure parents can send
      their children to a safe, quality school in their own neighborhood. He will seek to expand career and technical education for high
      school students, protect college-prep courses and arts and music programs, and make sure the management of local school
      districts measures up to the highest standards of excellence.

      Born in San Francisco, Tom served as a fireman in the United States Merchant Marine, earning the Vietnam Service Medal. He
      earned a B.A. in History, a Life Secondary Teaching Credential, and an M.A. in Education from the University of California,
      Berkeley.

      For more information about Tom’s campaign, visit him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.




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