Meet CA’s new state superintendent

Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction. AP file photoTom Torlakson was sworn in as California’s superintendent of public instruction yesterday at Mt. Diablo High School, where he once taught and coached track. It sounds like it was quite a pep rally.

Torlakson will likely have more authority than his predecessor, Jack O’Connell. KQED reports that Gov. Jerry Brown will not appoint a secretary of education, as previous governors have.

What do you hope Torlakson will accomplish during these difficult times? Are there any policies embraced by O’Connell, such as the high school exit exam requirement, that you think he should support — or try to reverse?