Fifteen classroom visits and five town hall meetings at four high schools in Riverside and San Bernardino County represented the final tally from a two-day trip through the Inland Empire and desert communities by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
At each stop, Torlakson visited a wide variety of classrooms that spanned a diverse range of subjects from sports medicine at Palm Springs High School and culinary arts at La Quinta High School to advanced placement human geography and symphonic band at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands.
During the intimate town hall meetings, Torlakson fielded questions from students, teachers, administrators, board members, elected officials, and leaders in business, education, and the local community. Conversations surrounded the transition to Common Core State Standards, Local Control Funding Formula, Local Control Accountability Plans, college and career preparedness, technology, and the feedback from the field test of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium tests administered for the first time earlier in 2014.
After starting his visit on Thursday, September 4, with a stop at Poly High School in Riverside, Superintendent Torlakson appeared with 41st District U.S. Representative Mark Takano and a panel of educators at a town hall meeting at the Riverside County Office of Education. On Friday, September 5, Torlakson started the day with a visit to Citrus Valley High School in San Bernardino County before making appearances at La Quinta High School in the Desert Sands Unified District and Palm Springs High School in the Palm Springs Unified School District.