On an election day when much of the country swung to the right,
California solidified its standing as the progressive bulwark of
the nation. Every single statewide office went to the
CFT-endorsed candidate. And the main projectile launched by
anti-union forces at public education — the billionaire-backed
Marshall Tuck campaign for state superintendent of public
instruction — went down to defeat.
The CFT’s priorities in the November 4 General Election are
straightforward: Reelect Tom Torlakson Superintendent of Public
Instruction, elect Betty Yee for State Controller and pass
Propositions 45 and 47.
In the remaining weeks before the election, we need all of our
members to get involved with their local unions and their central
labor councils. We have to approach this election as if the
future of public education depends on it, because it does.
Her voice swelling with hometown pride, elementary school teacher
Melinda Dart says, “Tom Torlakson was a student in our Daly City
schools — and he went on to become a teacher and state
superintendent of all schools.”
During his early years, Torlakson’s mother worked as a school
secretary and his father as a welder. After high school,
Torlakson attended San Mateo Community College before entering
the Merchant Marine and serving in Vietnam. Upon his return, he
earned a bachelor’s degree in history, a master’s degree in
education and a teaching credential at UC Berkeley.