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Tell Schools Chief Torlakson to Keep Backing These Issues, Ads Urge
BURLINGAME – A new statewide TV ad campaign highlights why a well-rounded education, including career technical education for those not continuing on to college, and local control of school funding are critical to providing every student with an opportunity to succeed.
These vital issues are highlighted in two television spots launched statewide today by CTA that also ask the public to call State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson directly and urge him to “keep fighting for local control of school funding decisions” and for the “career and technical training our students need.” The call to action ads, and information about these Torlakson education priorities, can be viewed at www.cta.org/CallTom. The 30-second ads are running in English and Spanish in all major media markets to draw attention to these critical issues.
“It’s critical for the public to learn more about these issues and to join CTA members in asking Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to keep fighting for local control and to help ensure our local schools prepare all students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said CTA President Dean Vogel about the ad campaign.
From the start after its approval by the Legislature, the new landmark Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has been supported by the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and Torlakson. The California Department of Education and Torlakson are diligently enforcing the LCFF law, which is designed to make sure districts serving students with the greatest needs get additional resources to achieve the state’s academic standards.
“We know when parents and teachers work together, our schools get stronger,” the narrator in one TV spot says. “Torlakson has supported legislation to guarantee spending decisions about our education tax dollars are made by parents, teachers and the local community – and NOT by Sacramento politicians.”
A second TV spot says the best way to prepare students to compete in today’s economy is “a well-rounded education that focuses on science, math, and career training for students who don’t choose college.” The narrator says Torlakson sees that all students need the skills for the “jobs of tomorrow” that his Career Readiness Initiative is helping schools to provide as they “expand job and technical training across the state because it makes a difference.”
For more information on these issues and others visit www.cta.org/CallTom.
The 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.