Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Applauds State Superintendent Tom Torlakson for Education Blueprint

August 9, 2011 5:00 pm

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauded State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today following his unveiling of A Blueprint for Great Schools.

The 31-page report was prepared by Torlakson's Transition Advisory Team, composed of leading teachers, parents, school employees and administrators as well as community, labor, and business leaders.

The team is co-chaired by Stanford Education Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President David Rattray.

“California's businesses need workers who can solve problems and get things done,” Rattray said.  “The Blueprint for Great Schools is designed to make sure success in a California classroom today means success in college and a career tomorrow.  The recommendations promise to support our 21st century workforce with the necessary skills to help thrive in our economy.”

Torlakson has solicited recommendations from the business community, including the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the Bay Area Council, who are part of the Regional Economic Association Leaders of California (R.E.A.L.).  All three contributed to various sections of the Blueprint, including advancing quality early education and a Linked Learning approach.


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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