Torlakson announces broadband grants for 33 LAUSD schools
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 227 school sites, including 33 in LA Unified, will share nearly $27 million in Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grants (BIIG) to help school districts increase their ability to administer the state’s new online tests this spring. “These state grants provide the critical last step needed to...
By LA School Report | January 7, 2015
CA considering Cortines request to delay use of computer tests
Responding to a barrage of requests from district superintendents around the state, including a recent appeal from LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines, state education officials will consider a delay in using the results of the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced computerized test as means of measuring academic growth next year. “This will be a public discussion beginning...
By Vanessa Romo | December 16, 2014
Poll finds equitable funding as biggest issue in Torlakson victory
Last week’s election for California Schools Superintendent, was widely framed as a battle between the teacher unions that backed incumbent and victor, Tom Torlakson, and refomers who supported Marshall Tuck. But a new survey suggests voters were more interested in how public schools are funded. The poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners on behalf of the American...
By Vanessa Romo | November 11, 2014
Commentary: Upside down priorities in CA ed chief race
Via Mom.me | By Dani Klein Modisett If you walked in the backdoor of my house this week unannounced, the one right next to the refrigerator, you may have found yourself looking straight at my ass. That’s because, more than once, I was bent over the freezer, my hand trolling around in my son’s Halloween...
By LA School Report | November 10, 2014
LA Unified students behind state peers in physical fitness test
While this year’s students fared better than last year, LA Unified kids scored below the state average on the California Physical Fitness Test. According to figures released yesterday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the LA Unified fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders who participated in the six-part test during the 2013-14 school year are significantly...
By Craig Clough | November 7, 2014
In words of congratulations, Zimmer blasts ‘reform billionaires’
Steve Zimmer was the only member of the LA school board with a public response to yesterday’s victory by Tom Torlakson, who won a second term as state Superintendent for Public Instruction. In it, Zimmer makes clear his disdain for the wealthy funders who backed the losing candidate, Marshall Tuck, congratulating the state teacher unions...
By Michael Janofsky | November 5, 2014
Tuck, in defeat: In California, ‘a growing call for change’
Marshall Tuck, who lost a close race to incumbent Tom Torlakson for state Superintendent of Public Instruction, had this to say after the votes were counted: “Sixteen months ago we set out on this journey to do one thing: put children first and ensure that every child has equal access to a quality education. And...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2014
Torlakson on victory: ‘We’re teachers. We did our homework’
Tom Torlakson was re-elected yesterday as California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, with 52.1 percent of the vote to 47.9 for Marshall Tuck, making it the closest of all statewide races. This was his victory statement: “We knew it wouldn’t be easy. They were strong, but we were stronger. They were tough, but we were tougher. After...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2014
Undecided on today’s Tuck vs. Torlakson race? You are not alone
According to a recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll, 28 percent of likely voters were still undecided on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction race going into today’s election. This is despite roughly $30 million in combined campaign spending for Marshall Tuck and Tom Torlakson, both Democrats, and with education as the top priority for many California...
By Craig Clough | November 4, 2014
Poll: Minorities, Republicans key in close state superintendent race
In a race still too close to call, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction election between incumbent Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck may come down to an unlikely pairing of minorities and Republicans. “There’s going to be a coalition of Republicans and minority voters if Tuck is going to do well on election day,” said Michael Madrid,...
By Craig Clough | November 3, 2014