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December

Mandarin immersion program flourishes at L.A. school [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-mandarin-school-20111230,0,3110125.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — December 29, 2011

Rapping Brentwood math teacher adds 'hip' to hypotenuse [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19643081] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 29, 2011

Middle school teacher takes on giant math problem: Getting kids to love numbers [http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_19621953] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 26, 2011

SRHS Physics Academy Students Show off Their Scientific Know-How [http://sanrafael.patch.com/articles/srhs-physics-academy-shows-off-science-skills-3f47c731] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Rafael Patch — December 16, 2011

Tuffree touts 21st-century learning [http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-329503-school-tuffree.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — December 1, 2011

La Paz empowers kids to succeed [http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-329598-paz-seventh.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — December 1, 2011

Cupertino teen wins $100,000 prize for potential cancer cure [http://www.scpr.org/news/2011/12/08/30262/california-teen-wins-grand-prize-potential-cancer-/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KPCC — December 8, 2011

Acton school one to watch [http://www.the-signal.com/section/36/article/56152/] External link opens in new window or tab.
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal — December 12, 2011

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November

Burbank middle school English instructor's unorthodox techniques earn her Teacher of the Year honor [http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_19330226] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — November 14, 2011

Chula Vista school's turnaround turns heads [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/21/chula-vista-schools-turnaround-turns-heads/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — November 21, 2011

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October

Bridge to College helps struggling students [http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_19174258?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press Telegram — October 22, 2011

Charter school becomes top school in Berkeley [http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/education&id=8401715] External link opens in new window or tab.
KGO-TV — October 21, 2011

Study: Students at career-tech schools more likely to graduate [http://californiawatch.org/dailyreport/study-students-career-tech-schools-more-likely-graduate-13264] External link opens in new window or tab.
California Watch — October 26, 2011

Academies at high schools praised [http://www.presstelegram.com/news/ci_19201856] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press Telegram — October 26, 2011

Two Southern California students win entrepreneurial competition [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/2-southern-california-students-win-entrepreneurial-competition.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — October 26, 2011

Center for Ecoliteracy honors Midland School [http://syvnews.com/news/local/education/center-for-ecoliteracy-honors-midland-school/article_c60a2a84-ff7b-11e0-bbbb-001cc4c002e0.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Ynez Valley News — October 22, 2011

Field trip inspires Watsonville High art students; partnership brings together school, arts group and plant nursery [http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_19209666] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Cruz Sentinel — October 27, 2011

Oakland Schools Expanding Free-Meal Programs [http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/us/oakland-schools-expanding-free-meal-programs.html?_r=1&ref=education] External link opens in new window or tab.
New York Times — October 8, 2011

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September

Young superintendent making a difference in desert [http://web.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/sep/25/young-superintendent-making-difference-desert/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — September 25, 2011

8 O.C. black students honored for high PSAT scores [http://www.ocregister.com/news/high-319432-national-year.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — September 30, 2011

O.C. student named top 10 middle school scientist [http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-319724-discovery-tung.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — September 29, 2011

Local campuses named national 'blue ribbon' schools [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/local-campuses-named-national-blue-ribbon-schools.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — September 15, 2011

Pride, cheers as schools get Blue Ribbon prize [http://www.ocregister.com/news/schools-317256-blue-public.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — September 16, 2011

Four Bay Area schools win Blue Ribbon awards [http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/education&id=8355619] External link opens in new window or tab.
KGO.com — September 15, 2011

African-American Graduation Rate in Berkeley Surpasses National Average [http://www.bet.com/news/national/2011/09/15/african-american-graduation-rate-in-berkeley-surpasses-national-average.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
BET — September 15, 2011

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August

A note of optimism: SUSD test results show solid gains [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110825/A_NEWS04/108250318/-1/a_news07] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — August 25, 2011

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July

Calistoga points the way in technology for schools [http://napavalleyregister.com/calistogan/news/local/calistoga-points-the-way-in-technology-for-schools/article_c1746792-ad95-11e0-868c-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1TLtEG3yx] External link opens in new window or tab.
Weekly Calistogan — July 14, 2011

iPads credited with Calistoga reading gains [http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/ipads-credited-with-calistoga-reading-gains/article_55718e30-b0f6-11e0-8278-001cc4c002e0.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Napa Valley Register — July 18, 2011

San Ramon high school students take on major research projects [http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_18507536?nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — July 19, 2011

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June

Irvine student wins $10,000 Google science award [http://www.ocregister.com/news/project-302852-science-irvine.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — June 1, 2011

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May

Activist South Bay students secure computers for schools, save teachers [http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_18176768?source=rss&nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — May 31,2011

Teens from juvenile probation camp learn life lessons at Solar Cup boat race [http://articles.latimes.com/2011/may/20/local/la-me-teen-boat-20110520] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — May 20, 2011

As ELL Program Grows, Students Find Academic Success [http://glendora.patch.com/articles/as-ell-program-grows-students-find-academic-success] External link opens in new window or tab.
Glendora Patch — May 31, 2011

English classes enter Facebook era [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/31/english-classes-enter-facebook-era/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — May 31, 2011

Two families choose different paths to academic excellence [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/education/la-me-tiger-20110502,0,4135704.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+
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Los Angeles Times — May 4, 2011

San Mateo County educational programs honored for innovation [http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_17970327?nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — May 1, 2011

Why Obama's studying High Tech High [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/04/hightech-xx-xxxxx-xxx-xxx-xxxx-xxxxx-xxxxxx/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — May 4, 2011

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April

Dixon High School Earns California Distinguished School Award [http://dixon.patch.com/articles/dixon-high-school-receives-california-distinguish-school-award] External link opens in new window or tab.
Dixon Patch — April 12, 2011

7 O.C. schools named state's best [http://www.ocregister.com/news/schools-296089-school-year.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — April 12, 2011

State honors three San Mateo County schools [http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_17868534?nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — April 17, 2011

Skills class offers chance for independence [http://auburnjournal.com/detail/176478.html?content_source=&category_id=2&search_filter=&user_id=&event_mode=
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Auburn Journal — April 18, 2011

Editorial: Deserving of honor [http://m.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/14/editorial-deserving-of-honor/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Ventura County Star — April 14, 2011

Santa Ana, H.B. districts honored for attendance efforts [http://www.ocregister.com/news/truancy-297235-districts-school.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — April 20, 2011

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March

Byron schools rally around students [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_17640649?nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — March 17, 2011

CVUSD effort honored [http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_17652111] External link opens in new window or tab.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin — March 19, 2011

Struggling Students Show Improvement in District Report [http://unioncity.patch.com/articles/struggling-students-show-improvement-in-district-report] External link opens in new window or tab.
Union City Patch — March 19, 2011

LA Middle School Adopts Nation's First Environmental Curriculum [http://eponline.com/articles/2011/03/26/la-middle-school-adopts-nations-first-environmental-curriculum.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab.
Environmental Protection — March 26, 2011

Thompson Middle School Students Take on Bullies [http://murrieta.patch.com/articles/thompson-middle-school-students-take-on-bullies] External link opens in new window or tab.
Murrieta Patch — March 25, 2011

Top honor for Sanger superintendent [http://toped.svefoundation.org/2011/03/02/top-honor-for-sanger-superintendent/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Thoughts on Public Education — March 2, 2011

Colton school district designated as model of dropout prevention [http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_17575754#ixzz1GDwu6A8U] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Bernardino Sun — March 9, 2011

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February

North Valley School in Lodi provides a shot of motivation for students [http://www.lodinews.com/sports/article_3accfcbf-0ee6-5d0e-91f3-8f6d04f3448e.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lodi News Sentinel — February 17, 2011

Drafting a new start [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110222/A_NEWS/102220312/-1/NEWSMAP] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — February 22, 2011

Tehama County Dept. of Ed.: Lincoln Street School earns state award [http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_17452619?nclick_check=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — February 22, 2011

Several Riverside County schools nix poverty stereotypes [http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_D_weducation18.27e3a4b.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — February 18, 2011

O.C.'s best high schools of 2011 [http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-287953-high-schools.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — February 14, 2011

SF students get a day to experience workplaces [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/04/BAJ91HJ2F3.DTL#ixzz1DK84z6Zc] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — February 5, 2011

Turlock schools climb up education ladder, still work to do [http://www.turlockjournal.com/news/article/7769/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Turlock Journal — February 1, 2011

Taylor Elementary a model in fight against obesity [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/08/MN5V1HKEVP.DTL#ixzz1DaFVdq3T] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — February 9, 2011

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January

Coronado High School's JROTC program lauded [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/13/coronado-high-schools-jrotc-program-lauded/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — January 13, 2011

State names O.C. middle school a model campus [http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-283256-schools-middle.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — January 7, 2011

San Gabriel Valley, Whittier districts recognized for program encouraging high-school biliteracy [http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_17043243#ixzz1BcoEGG3n] External link opens in new window or tab.
Whittier Daily News — January 8, 2011

San Ysidro students slim down [http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/07/san-ysidro-students-slim-down/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — January 7, 2011

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