Chief of California schools: Time to 'stop bashing teachers'

Mar 20, 2015 3:45 PM by News Staff

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is telling the state's teachers union that it's time to stop bashing teachers and school employees.

Speaking at the California Federation of Teachers' annual conference Friday, Torlakson told teachers that school reformers "unfairly blame teachers for the problems in public education" and that "the vast majority of Californians are with us."

Torlakson was re-elected in November with 52 percent of the vote after facing off well-funded, reform-minded challenger Marshall Tuck. The race drew national attention, highlighting tensions within the Democratic Party on the topic of school reform.

Nearly 500 teachers were in attendance at the conference Friday, hoping to bring attention to issues including extending Proposition 30, the temporary tax increases to help restore school funding cuts made during the recession.

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