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California State Government November 2, 2010 Election
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Voter Information

Results as of Nov 30 4:33pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24845/24845)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Tom Torlakson Click here for more information about this candidate 4,214,449 votes 54.7%

  • Occupation: Teacher/California Legislator
  • California State Assemblymember (1996-2000, 2008-present)
  • California State Senator (2000-2008)
  • Contra Costa County Supervisor (1980-1996)
  • Antioch City Council (1978-1980)
  • Teacher, Mt. Diablo Unified School District (1973-1980)
  • University of California, Berkeley B.A. in History (1971), M.A. in Education (1977)
  • Make sure every neighborhood school has the resources required to provide every student a top-quality education in a safe and healthy environment.
  • Support and promote a competitive 21st Century school environment, with our students having multiple pathways to success.
  • Ensure our children have a healthy start, including access to good food, adequate health care, and quality physical education.
Larry Aceves Click here for more information about this candidate 3,469,665 votes 45.1%
  • Occupation: Retired School Superintendent
  • Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District
  • 1991-1994 Superintendent, Alum Rock Union School District
  • 1989-1991 Deputy Superintendent, Pajaro Valley Unified School District
  • Principal, Imperial Beach Elementary School, South Bay Union SD
  • 1974-1979 Bilingual Teacher, Bayside Elementary School, South Bay USD
  • MA, Education, Early Childhood Education Emphasis from San Diego State University
  • Stop the budget cuts to our education system.
  • Increase equitable funding for our schools and ensure accountability across the board.
  • I will also work to reduce class sizes, improve student achievement, and reduce our state's dropout rate.
Diane Lenning (Write-in) Click here for more information about this candidate
  • Occupation: Educator/Investor/Businessowner
  • Educator over 30 yrs: high school English, history, science, math, traffic & safety & music; in national award winning district, most improved scores
  • WRITE-IN Diane LENNING for Supt! President, Concord Law School Federalist Society 3L
  • MEDAL of FREEDOM AWARD 2004 by United State Senate
  • M.A. Secondary Education/History; CSULB... B.A. Cal-Poly SLO, Administration, Resource/SE, Eng Language Learner Certified: CSUF
  • High School Segment Director GGUSD, National Eli Broad award winning district most improved student scores in nation!
  • Former Chair national Republican Educators Caucus, NEA
  • Teach Constitution, founding documents, accuracy in text books, critical thinking skills, highly qualified teachers
  • VOCATIONAL Education for student skills to get a JOB after high school. Reduce the "drop-out" rate! Keep kids in safe schools for a better future!
  • All student proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English. Government exam or course requirement.

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Job Description

  • As the state's chief public schools official, provides education policy and direction to local school districts.
  • Directs all functions of the Department of Education and executes policies set by the State Board of Education.
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of governing boards of the state's higher education system.
  • Works with the educational community to improve academic performance.
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