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December

Brentwood high school holds 'economic summit' to teach real-world concepts [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_22178763/brentwood-high-school-holds-economic-summit-teach-real] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 12, 2012

The changing plate of Bay Area school lunches [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_22101469/students-are-getting-more-fruits-and-veggies-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 1, 2012

For dropouts, a way to drop back in [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-youth-dropout-20121203,0,2767494.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — December 3, 2012

After generations of failure, a school and its students head for success [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-banks-education-20121208,0,4671638,full.column] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — December 7, 2012

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November

CORONA: Teachers hope video games teach math skills [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines-index/20121129-corona-teachers-hope-video-games-teach-math-skills.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — November 29, 2012

Fremont's California School for the Deaf football team finishes second in Sports Illustrated contest [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_22084975/fremonts-california-school-deaf-football-contest-finishes-second] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — November 29, 2012

CORONA: Jefferson Elementary School celebrates improvement [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/corona/corona-headlines-index/20121128-corona-jefferson-elementary-school-celebrates-improvement.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — November 28, 2012

Biomedical science courses give students hands-on, career-oriented lessons [http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_22078165?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
Torrance Daily Breeze — November 28, 2012

Fremont's California School for the Deaf football team draws national attention in best season ever [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_22067854/fremonts-california-school-deaf-football-team-draws-national] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — November 26, 2012

MENIFEE: School launches new PE intervention program [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/menifee/menifee-headlines/20121124-menifee-school-launches-new-pe-intervention-program.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — November 24, 2012

Four SoCal Educators Named 'California Teachers of the Year' [http://www.kcet.org/news/stories/socal-educators-sweep-california-teacher-of-the-year-awards.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
KCET.org — November 8, 2012

LAUSD teacher named one of five California Teachers of the Year [http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21958157/lausd-teacher-named-one-five-california-teachers-year] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — November 8, 2012

South L.A. educator selected as a California teacher of the year [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/11/south-la-educator-selected-as-a-calfiornia-teacher-of-the-year-.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — November 8, 2012

Students step into working world [http://www.hmbreview.com/news/students-step-into-working-world/article_fc237d0e-29d8-11e2-93e4-001a4bcf887a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Half Moon Bay Review — November 8, 2012

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October

Olympic High School teacher Skip Weinstock makes a difference in his students' lives [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_21673703/olympic-high-school-teacher-skip-weinstock-makes-difference] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — October 1, 2012

Officials praise vocational training classes at Colton High to push passage of Props. 30, 38 [http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_21700955/officials-praise-vocational-training-classes-at-colton-high] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Bernardino Sun — October 4, 2012

Kareem Hooked on Education [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/oct/16/tp-kareem-hooked-on-education/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — October 15, 2012

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September

'Drug free' clubs launch at Santa Clarita high schools [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-scv-teen-drugs-20120907,0,4623164.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — September 7, 2012

Ventura schools honored for work helping with healthy eating habits [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — September 27, 2012

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August

At Central Valley School, A Recipe for Success [http://newamericamedia.org/2012/08/at-central-valley-school-a-recipe-for-success.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
New American Media — August 2, 2012

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July

Caring Teachers Help Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline [http://newamericamedia.org/2012/07/caring-teachers-help-break-the-school-to-prison-pipeline.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
New American Media — July 14, 2012

To boost test scores, schools clamor for a horseman's advice [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-parker-20120722,0,359651.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — July 22, 2012

Marin students find success as summer interns [http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_21141141/troubled-marin-students-find-success-summer-interns] External link opens in new window or tab.
Marin Independent Journal — July 23, 2012

WILDOMAR: Teacher helps get girls interested in the sciences [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/wildomar/wildomar-headlines/20120801-wildomar-teacher-helps-get-girls-interested-in-the-sciences.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press-Enterprise — July 31, 2012

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June

Southland Schools Earn Green Ribbons for Strides in Healthy, Environmental Education [http://laist.com/2012/06/04/southland_schools_earn_green_ribbons.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
LAist.com — June 4, 2012

Foster youths' financial climb through college getting even steeper [http://toped.svefoundation.org/2012/06/05/foster-youths-financial-climb-through-college-getting-even-steeper/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Thoughts on Public Education — June 5, 2012

Spanish immersion classes fantastico at Rorimer in Rowland Unified [http://www.sgvtribune.com/education/ci_20786532/spanish-immersion-classes-fantastico-at-rorimer-rowland-unified] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune — June 5, 2012

Algebra and a mural: One failing student's amazing turnaround [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_20833338/algebra-and-mural-one-failing-students-amazing-turnaround] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — June 11, 2012

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May

State Superintendent Torlakson gets firsthand look at technology in the classroom at Bassett High [http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_20551700/state-superintendent-torlakson-gets-firsthand-look-at-technology] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune — May 4, 2012

Olympic High School's Alternative Approach Helps Students Succeed [http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2012/May-2012/05_07_2012_Olympic_High_Schools_Alternative_Approach_Helps_Students_Succeed.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lookout News — May 7, 2012

Potrero Hill elementary school is a success story [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/05/08/MN721OF568.DTL&ao=2] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — May 9, 2012

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April

LCF students turn $35,000 grubstake into $188,000 portfolio [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_20498507/lcf-students-turn-35-000-grubstake-into-188] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — April 27, 2012

Simi Valley students learning lessons from gardens [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 26, 2012

Robotics team wins at world championships [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/murrieta/murrieta-headlines-index/20120424-murrieta-robotics-team-wins-at-world-championships.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press-Enterprise — April 24, 2012

Student who once lived in foster home named Star Scholar [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 24, 2012

Obama honors Burbank's Rebecca Mieliwocki as teacher of the year [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/obama-burbank-teacher-year.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — April 24, 2012

Burbank educator Rebecca Mieliwocki named National Teacher of the Year [http://www.dailynews.com/ci_20458633/burbank-educator-named-national-teacher-year?IADID=Search-www.dailynews.com-www.dailynews.com] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — April 23, 2012

New AVID program targets English learners [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/menifee/menifee-headlines/20120422-education-new-avid-program-targets-english-learners.ece] External link opens in new window or tab. Riverside Press-Enterprise — April 22, 2012

Inland Empire district charts its own course to success [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0422-corona-norco-20120422,0,7699834.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — April 22, 2012

Oxnard students get head start in being bilingual [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 20, 2012

KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy embraces high-tech tools [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
San Francisco Examiner — April 22, 2012

Family doctors try to recruit Sacramento teens to profession [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Sacramento Bee — April 19, 2012

At an urban L.A. school, nature grows — and test scores too [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bird-school-20120416,0,2013311,full.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — April 16, 2012

Middle school science gets boost from hands-on experiments [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 17, 2012

East Bay Boy Scout troop leaders inspire special ed kids [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20357370/boy-scout-troop-leaders-inspire-special-ed-kids] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — April 10, 2012

Kaiser thespians teach healthy eating to fifth-graders [http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/kaiser-thespians-teach-healthy-eating-to-fifth-graders/article_ee0db78c-8467-11e1-ad43-001a4bcf887a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Napa Valley Register — April 12, 2012

Agoura Hills robotics camp gives students chance to build and experiment [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 11, 2012

De Anza students learn they can't budge on their budget [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Ventura County Star — April 11, 2012

San Jose's Oak Grove High rallies around African immigrant who speaks rare language [http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_20353991/san-joses-oak-grove-high-rallies-around-african?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — April 8, 2012

High school English goes online-only in Torrance teacher Mitzi Stover's class [http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20360885/high-school-english-goes-online-only-torrance-teacher?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
Torrance Daily Breeze — April 9, 2012

Eighth grader aces spelling bee — in Spanish [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_20329558/eighth-grader-aces-spelling-bee-spanish] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — April 4, 2012

10 students win Santa Clara County science fair [http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_20305437/10-students-win-santa-clara-county-science-fair] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — April 1, 2012

SD Unified becomes model for attendance [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/02/sd-unified-becomes-model-for-attendance/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — April 2, 2012

Hometown Hero: Cheers for cheer leader [http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_20311096/hometown-hero-cheers-cheer-leader] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times
— April 3, 2012

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March

Hayward seventh-grader wins state geographic bee at CRC [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Sacramento Bee
— March 31, 2012

42 O.C. schools named state's best [http://www.ocregister.com/news/schools-346875-school-state.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — March 29, 2012

11 SD schools earn high marks from state [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/29/11-sd-schools-earn-high-marks-state/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — March 29, 2012

Seven Ventura County campuses named Distinguished Schools [http://m.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/29/seven-ventura-county-campuses-named-schools/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Ventura County Star — March 29, 2012

California names 31 schools in Santa Clara County, 6 in San Mateo County, Distinguished Schools [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_20284449/california-names-31-schools-santa-clara-county-6?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — March 29, 2012

Oxnard high school students get glimpse of military life [http://m.vcstar.com/news/2012/mar/29/oxnard-high-school-students-get-glimpse-of-life/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Ventura County Star — March 29, 2012

Teacher makes books come alive for troubled students [http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20157904/teacher-brings-book-alive-students-drug-problems] External link opens in new window or tab.
Torrance Daily Breeze — March 12, 2012

Dads making a difference [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120305/A_NEWS/203050316] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — March 5, 2012

Girls stand up to bullying; student-led workshops discuss issues [http://m.redding.com/news/2012/mar/03/girls-stand-up-to-bullying/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Redding Record Searchlight — March 3, 2012

Green Academies Get Funding Boost [http://elkgrove.patch.com/articles/green-academies-get-funding-boost] External link opens in new window or tab.
Elk Grove Patch — March 1, 2012

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February

Health care education options rise with need [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120223/A_NEWS/202230326] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — February 23, 2012

Schools build solar suitcases to harness energy for world's poor [http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_20040785/local-schools-build-solar-suitcases-power-developing-nations] External link opens in new window or tab.
Monterey County Herald — February 24, 2012

Vacaville teacher honored as one of California's best [http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_19892902] External link opens in new window or tab.
Vacaville Reporter — February 4, 2012

El Monte City School District in more than decade-long process to promote healthy lifestyles [http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_19893330#ixzz1lpyg4mM5] External link opens in new window or tab.
Pasadena Star-News — February 6, 2012

Education roundup: Tehachapi, Ridgecrest continuation schools chosen as state 'model' [http://www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x1135853028/Education-roundup-Tehachapi-continuation-school-chosen-as-state-model] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — February 7, 2012

Chinese at Barnard isn't just for new year [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/02/chinese-at-barnard-isnt-just-for-new-year/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — February 2, 2012

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January

A case study for NCLB waiver [http://toped.svefoundation.org/2012/01/25/sacramento-school-a-case-study-for-nclb-waiver/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Thoughts on Public Education — January 25, 2012

5 O.C. schools nominated as nation's best [http://www.ocregister.com/news/schools-335000-school-students.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — January 11, 2012

Clark gets another Blue Ribbon nomination [http://www.glendalenewspress.com/news/tn-blr-0111-clark-gets-another-blue-ribbon-nomination,0,4551090.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Glendale News-Press — January 10, 2012

New partnership will team San Rafael school and business leaders [http://www.marinij.com/business/ci_19668332] External link opens in new window or tab.
Marin Independent Journal — January 3, 2012

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