L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce Senior Education VP David Rattray to Serve as Co-Chair for Torlakson Transition Team

January 3, 2011 1:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced that Chamber Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce Development David Rattray will serve as co-chair of the Transition Advisory Team of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who was sworn into office today.

A recognized leader in education reform in Los Angeles, Sacramento and increasingly in Washington D.C., Rattray will help lead a transition team charged with providing strategic advice for Torlakson during his first few months in office as he identifies key issues impacting California schools.

“I am both honored and inspired by the opportunity to assist the superintendent in identifying the key issues facing our schools and approaching these issues with effective methods of reform,” Rattray said.

Torlakson lauded Rattray and co-chair Linda Darling-Hammond, who led President Barack Obama’s education policy transition team and is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University.

“I am delighted Linda and David have agreed to lead my Transition Advisory Team during this extremely challenging time, and that so many outstanding teachers and other stakeholders have come forward to be part of this team,” Torlakson said.  “I know their comprehensive knowledge of the issues facing our students and schools will be enormously valuable as we work to chart the best course for California's schools.”

The Transition Advisory Team's members include representatives from organizations with key roles in ensuring the success of every California student.  Members of the Transition Advisory Team will also join working groups to discuss key issues in more detail, including:

•    School finance reform and funding
•    Curriculum and assessment
•    Accountability and data
•    Educator preparation and evaluation
•    Early childhood learning
•    Education supports for the whole child
•    Secondary transformation (including linked learning, career technical education, A-G guidelines)
•    Flexibility and efficiency initiatives, school facilities/construction reform and modernization


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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