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Education: Newhall School District board president in charge of involving parents

Posted: December 28, 2010 10:40 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The incoming state superintendent of public instruction has appointed a local school board member and educator as his adviser on parent involvement.

Newhall School District board president Suzan Solomon is expected to take on her new role soon after State Superintendent-elect Tom Torlakson’s Jan. 3 inauguration.

“The details and what it will entail will begin to take shape when he’s in office,” Solomon said.

“What I’m looking forward to is bringing the parents from the grassroots local level to the state level and working with
educational leadership across the board,” she said.

Solomon said she will still retain her leadership roles for the Newhall School District board and the state PTA.

Beside her involvement with the Newhall district, Solomon is also the vice president of education for the California State PTA.

The appointment comes as parents have been given a stronger voice in how and where their children learn. For instance, the state’s newly adopted parent-trigger law gives parents more control in turning around low-performing public schools.

“Students cannot succeed without the support of their families,” she said. “All parents need to be involved in the process of educating their children.”

Solomon said she got to know Torlakson during the recent November election, where she volunteered for his campaign. Once sworn in as the 27th state superintendent, Torlakson will replace Jack O’Connell.


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