Press Release - Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates Forum


April 22, 2010

Candidates Forum

See and hear those vying to be the next
State Superintendent of Public Instruction  


WHAT:   A candidates forum featuring three candidates running to replace Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. The forum, to be held during the California State PTA's 111th Annual Convention, is co-sponsored by the state PTA and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund. League President Janis R. Hirohama will serve as moderator.

WHERE: The Sacramento Convention Center, Room 203-204, 1301 L St., downtown Sacramento.

WHEN:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 30.

Larry Aceves, former teacher, principal, school district superintendent and a past president of the Association of California School Administrators.

Gloria Romero, former professor at California State University, Los Angeles, current state Senator and chair of the Senate Education Committee and of the Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education.

Tom Torlakson, former teacher and state Senator, current state Assembly member and chair of the Assembly's Select Committee on Schools and Community, and a member of the Education and Appropriations committees.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:  This candidates forum provides one of the few opportunities to hear directly from the candidates who hope to lead the California Department of Education, which oversees the state's public school system and is responsible for the education of more than 7 million children and young adults in more than 9,000 schools.

The event is open to the press and will be videotaped for broadcast on the California Channel.

everychild. onevoice.

The California State PTA has nearly 1 million members throughout the state working on behalf of public schools, children and families, with the motto, "Every child, one voice." The PTA is the nation's oldest, largest and highest profile volunteer association working to improve the education, health and welfare of all children and youth. The PTA also advocates at national, state and local levels for education and family issues. The PTA is nonprofit, nonsectarian and noncommercial.

For more information about the California State PTA, visit

The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit education organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF CALIFORNIA - 1107 9th Street, Suite 300, Sacramento, CA 95814





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