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December

Farm town develops education success formula to serve Hispanic students' needs [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20131222/farm-town-develops-education-success-formula-to-serve-hispanic-students-needs] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — December 22, 2013

State Superintendent of schools Torlakson visits Nevada County schools [http://www.theunion.com/news/9386120-113/torlakson-state-nevada-schools] External link opens in new window or tab.
Grass Valley Union — December 18, 2013

Former Concord police officer is one of five California Teachers of the Year [http://www.contracostatimes.com/concord/ci_24749256/former-concord-police-officer-is-one-five-california] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 18, 2013

Common Core is coming to Calaveras [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131218/A_NEWS/312180322] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — December 18, 2013

Breakfast Program Begins [http://www.mountain-news.com/news/article_ada22500-62ca-11e3-a61a-001a4bcf887a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lake Arrowhead Mountain News — December 12, 2013

Bay Area students become budding computer programmers [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24704312/bay-area-students-become-budding-computer-programmers] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 11, 2013

Long Beach elementary students to receive new progress reports aligned with Common Core [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20131206/long-beach-elementary-students-to-receive-new-progress-reports-aligned-with-common-core] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press Telegram — December 6, 2013

LAUSD Fall School Games make everyone special [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20131205/lausd-fall-school-games-make-everyone-special] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — December 5, 2013

San Jose charter school helps salvage lives [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_24654128/san-jose-charter-school-helps-salvage-lives] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — December 4, 2013

Torlakson Picks Hart Student Board Member as Alternate to Rep State in D.C. [http://scvnews.com/2013/12/03/torlakson-picks-hart-youth-board-member-as-alternate-to-rep-state-in-d-c/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Clarita Valley TV — December 3, 2013

From strawberry fields to computer science in three years [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_24639885/from-strawberry-fields-computer-science-three-years?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — December 2, 2013

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November

How Common Core State Standards are changing education at Long Beach Unified [http://www.presstelegram.com/social-affairs/20131125/how-common-core-state-standards-are-changing-education-at-long-beach-unified] External link opens in new window or tab.
Long Beach Press Telegram — November 25, 2013

Los Angeles County schools look for ways to combat truancy [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20131125/from-truant-slacker-to-straight-a-student-an-lausd-success-story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — November 25, 2013

Migrant Education Program Gives Farmworkers' Children A Boost [http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/nov/07/migrant-education-program-gives-farmworkers-childr/] External link opens in new window or tab.
KPBS — November 7, 2013

Vallejo educator named one of California's 'Teachers of the Year' [http://www.timesheraldonline.com/breaking_news/ci_24450739/vallejo-educator-named-one-californias-teachers-year] External link opens in new window or tab.
Vallejo Times-Herald — November 4, 2013

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October

Milpitas High School among three recognized as California Distinguished School [http://www.mercurynews.com/milpitas/ci_24430520/milpitas-high-school-among-three-recognized-california-distinguished] External link opens in new window or tab.
Milpitas Post — October 31, 2013

Linked Learning enhances curriculum at Richmond High [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Richmond Confidential — October 22, 2013

Fewer high school dropouts means billions for economy [http://www.kcra.com/news/fewer-high-school-dropouts-means-billions-for-economy/-/11797728/22459956/-/ylfvy9z/-/index.html#ixzz2i1HCCm2J] External link opens in new window or tab.
KCRA.com — October 16, 2013

A tale of two transitions to Common Core education standards [http://cironline.org/reports/tale-two-transitions-common-core-education-standards-5414] External link opens in new window or tab.
Center for Investigative Reporting — October 16, 2013

San Francisco Touts Gains From Pre-K Program [http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/09/07pre-k.h33.html?tkn=UWPFIKsZKpaNVxKQkN8zXarqG9%2FbTwZgZhIs&cmp=clp-edweek] External link opens in new window or tab.
Education Week — October 8, 2013

Chico schools impress state's top educator [http://www.chicoer.com/k12/ci_24278882/chico-schools-impress-states-top-educator] External link opens in new window or tab.
Chico Enterprise-Record — October 10, 2013

State superintendent of schools visits 'The Hub' [http://www.lakeconews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33492:state-superintendent-of-schools-visits-the-hub&catid=1:latest&Itemid=197] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lake County News — October 10, 2013

School district prepares for new online tests, curriculum challenges [http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/snews/8469237-113/tarwater-test-testing-assessments] External link opens in new window or tab.
Tahoe Daily Tribune — October 10, 2013

After dropping out, a diploma and a job from Oakland charter school [http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/after-trauma-and-dropping-out-a-diploma-and-a-job-from-oakland-charter-school/39833#.UlM6LpwQO60] External link opens in new window or tab.
Ed Source — October 7, 2013

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September

Preschool for All gives youths edge in kindergarten [http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Preschool-for-All-gives-youths-edge-in-4853148.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — September 28, 2013

La Reina High of Thousand Oaks named a National Blue Ribbon School [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20130924/la-reina-high-of-thousand-oaks-named-a-national-blue-ribbon-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — September 24, 2013

Jensen Ranch Elementary Recognized as a Blue Ribbon School [http://castrovalley.patch.com/groups/schools/p/jensen-ranch-elementary-erecognized-as-a-blue-ribbon-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
Castro Valley Patch — September 24, 2013

Torrey Pines Elementary School Named National Blue Ribbon School [http://lajolla.patch.com/groups/schools/p/torrey-pines-elementary-school-named-national-blue-ribbon-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
La Jolla Patch — September 24, 2013

Cerritos School Among 15 in State Named Awarded 'Blue Ribbon' [http://cerritos.patch.com/groups/schools/p/cerritos-school-among-15-in-state-named-awarded-blue-ribbon] External link opens in new window or tab.
Cerritos-Artesia Patch — September 24, 2013

CORONA-NORCO: Schools' success hinges on people [http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-education-headlines/20130920-corona-norco-schools-success-hinges-on-people.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — September 20, 2013

Don't fear Common Core [http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-vega-common-core-20130919,0,4172556.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — September 19, 2013

Students build futures in old-school shop classes [http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/Students-build-futures-in-old-school-shop-classes-4822901.php] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Francisco Chronicle — September 17, 2013

MENIFEE: District tries new program to modify behavior [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/menifee/menifee-headlines/20130910-menifee-district-tries-new-program-to-modify-behavior.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — September 10, 2013

Southwest High School health science programs preparing students for the future [http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/southwest-high-school-health-science-programs-preparing-students-for-the/article_37196b60-1792-11e3-bfa9-0019bb30f31a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Imperial Valley Press — September 7, 2013

Faculty Collegiality, Data Analysis Made Marylin Avenue a Star [http://www.independentnews.com/news/article_7fa46f04-1663-11e3-8e4e-0019bb2963f4.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Livermore Independent News — September 6, 2013

LAUSD counselors, volunteers fan out in dropout-prevention campaign [http://www.dailynews.com/article/20130906/NEWS/130909654] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — September 6, 2013

Marcos Breton: A reason for hope at Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary School [http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/04/5705144/marcos-breton-a-reason-for-hope.html#storylink=cpy] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — September 4, 2013

FUSD to train in new Common Core State Standards [http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/education&id=9224531] External link opens in new window or tab.
KFSN-TV — September 4, 2013

State to Fund Roll-out of Curricular Standards [http://scvnews.com/2013/09/03/state-to-fund-roll-out-of-curricular-standards/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Clarita Valley TV — September 3, 2013

More school districts in L.A. County taking less punitive approach to truancy [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20130903/more-school-districts-in-la-county-taking-less-punitive-approach-to-truancy] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — September 3, 2013

Central-library charter school opens [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/03/e3-civic-high-central-library-school/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — September 3, 2013

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August

LAUSD rolls out iPad-for-every-student project in the South Bay [http://www.dailynews.com/article/20130827/NEWS/130829575] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — August 27, 2013

Lodi Unified School District to finance track at Lodi High School [http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_9c0853b1-0cff-5026-82a6-581f511a01f4.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Lodi News-Sentinel — August 21, 2013

Great-grandfather and kindergartner both kick off school year [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x1612515773/Great-grandfather-and-kindergartner-both-kick-off-school-year] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — August 19, 2013

EDUCATION: Banding together to steer students toward college [http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20130816-education-banding-together-to-steer-students-toward-college.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press-Enterprise — August 16, 2013

LAUSD starts new school year with promise, excitement [http://www.dailynews.com/social-affairs/20130813/lausd-starts-new-school-year-with-promise-excitement] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — August 13, 2013

New school year brings new standards: Santa Cruz County districts prepare to implement Common Core [http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_23856813/new-school-year-brings-new-standards-santa-cruz] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Cruz Sentinel — August 13, 2013

Gearing up for a new standard of teaching: Local educators help teachers prepare for launch of Common Core [http://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_23842967/gearing-up-new-standard-teaching-local-educators-help] External link opens in new window or tab.
Eureka Times-Standard — August 12, 2013

California schools prep for 'more in-depth' testing standards [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
KBAK-TV — August 9, 2013

Sacramento camp nurtures new high schoolers [http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/02/5617739/sacramento-camp-nurtures-new-high.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — August 2, 2013

New school [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130804/A_NEWS/308040315/-1/A_NEWS] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — August 4, 2013

Bay Area teachers get hands-on math and science experience [http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_23789123/bay-area-teachers-get-hands-math-and-science] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — August 3, 2013

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July

Jordan High's staff shakeup puts students on better track [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-adv-jordan-20130725,0,239034.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — July 24, 2013

Local math, science teachers up for Presidential Awards [http://www.dailynews.com/education/ci_23711096/local-math-science-teachers-up-presidential-awards] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — July 22, 2013

School districts moving quickly to meet national education standards [http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_23696641/school-districts-moving-quickly-meet-national-education-standards?source=rss%23ixzz2ZmveJ8j3#ixzz2ZoQtezWX] External link opens in new window or tab.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin — July 20, 2013

Free lunches for youth in San Jose and elsewhere go uneaten [http://www.mercurynews.com/food-wine/ci_23704890/free-lunches-youth-san-jose-and-elsewhere-go?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — July 22 2013

iPads on the way for education overhaul [http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_23696642/ipads-way-education-overhaul] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Daily News — July 20, 2013

Work paid off for Watts winners in national engineering contest [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-science-winners-20130721,0,6120200.story?track=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — July 20, 2013

Xtreme summer day camp in Redlands explores fun in science [http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/news/ci_23695738/xtreme-summer-day-camp-redlands-explores-fun-science] External link opens in new window or tab.
Redlands Daily Facts — July 19, 2013

Santa Cruz County middle school students begin career development camps [http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_23681522/santa-cruz-county-middle-school-students-begin-career?source=rss] External link opens in new window or tab.
Santa Cruz Sentinel — July 17, 2013

Students build job skills, earn diplomas [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1538233248/Students-build-job-skills-earn-diplomas] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — July 7, 2013

EDUCATION: Schools focus on science, math fields [http://www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-education-headlines/20130701-education-schools-focus-on-science-math-fields.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — July 1, 2013

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June

From followers to leaders: Transitional kindergarten program gives Humboldt's youngest pupils an extra year [http://www.times-standard.com/news/ci_23372536/from-followers-leaders-transitional-kindergarten-program-gives-humboldts] External link opens in new window or tab.
Eureka Times-Standard — June 2, 2013

L.A. students tackle social problems for Aspen Ideas Festival [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-aspen-challenge-20130603,0,174789.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — June 2, 2013

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May

Alisal plan looks promising [http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20130529/NEWS01/305290012/Alisal-plan-looks-promising?gcheck=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
Salinas Californian — May 29, 2013

San Diego Unified rising to top [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/may/30/schools-sdusd-achievement/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — May 30, 2013

Arts in schools: Unusual charters use dance, string instruments to motivate students [http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2013/05/24/13763/unusual-charters-use-dance-string-instruments-to-m/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Southern California Public Radio — May 24, 2013

MORENO VALLEY: Schools aim to boost graduation rates [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/moreno-valley/moreno-valley-headlines-index/20130510-moreno-valley-schools-aim-to-boost-graduation-rates.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — May 10, 2013

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April


Elk Grove Unified sets the pace on common core [http://www.siacabinetreport.com/articles/viewarticle.aspx?article=3787] External link opens in new window or tab.
Cabinet Report — April 29, 2013

Journey School in Aliso Viejo Named 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Journey School is First in Orange County to Achieve Recognition [http://www.alisolagunanews.com/community/?p=4955&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1] External link opens in new window or tab.
AlisalLagunaNews.com — April 22, 2013

McGrath, Rio Vista Schools Honored for Work with Low-income Students [http://scvnews.com/2013/04/16/mcgrath-rio-vista-schools-honored-for-work-with-low-income-students/] External link opens in new window or tab. SCVNews.com — April 16, 2013

EDUCATION: Inland schools earn Title I Academic Achievement Awards [www.pe.com/local-news/topics/topics-education-headlines/20130416-education-inland-schools-earn-title-i-academic-achievement-awards.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — April 16, 2013

Three local schools declared 'distinguished' [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x411128462/Three-local-schools-declared-distinguished] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — April 12, 2013

Five San Mateo County schools recognized as distinguished [http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=1766547&title=Five%20San%20Mateo%20County%20schools%20recognized%20as%20distinguished] External link opens in new window or tab.
Daily Journal — April 12, 2013

South Bay, Peninsula schools win California Distinguished School awards [http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_23006118/south-bay-peninsula-schools-win-california-distinguished-school] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Jose Mercury News — April 12, 2013

Irvine high school named Distinguished School [http://articles.dailypilot.com/2013-04-11/news/tn-dpt-0414-irvine-distinguished-school-20130411_1_elementary-schools-signature-practices-public-instruction-tom-torlakson] External link opens in new window or tab.
Daily Pilot — April 11, 2013

State recognizes Imperial High as Distinguished School for third time [http://www.ivpressonline.com/news/ivp-state-recognizes-imperial-high-as-distinguished-school-for-third-time-20130412,0,6068236.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin — April 11, 2013

Two ABC Schools Named 2013 California Distinguished Schools [http://www.loscerritosnews.net/2013/04/11/two-abc-schools-named-2013-california-distinguished-schools/] External link opens in new window or tab.
Hews Media Group — April 11, 2013

Five Marin middle schools named California Distinguished Schools [http://www.marinij.com/rosskentfieldgreenbrae/ci_23005956/five-marin-middle-schools-named-california-distinguished-schools] External link opens in new window or tab.
Marin Independent Journal — April 11, 2013

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March

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February

Coordinated effort to push math, science education is paying off [http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x837005986/Coordinated-effort-to-push-math-science-education-is-paying-off] External link opens in new window or tab.
Bakersfield Californian — February 24, 2013

Perris Union setting bar high with English learner programs [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/19/education-perris-union-english-learner-program/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — February 19, 2013

'Flipping' class gaining momentum among educators [http://www.sacbee.com/2013/02/19/5199392/flipping-class-gaining-momentum.html#mi_rss=Top%20Stories] External link opens in new window or tab.
Sacramento Bee — February 19, 2013

Redding School of the Arts' Latest Recognition: National Green Ribbon Schools Award Nomination [http://anewscafe.com/2013/02/18/rsa-one-of-four-schools-nominated-for-national-green-ribbon-schools-award/] External link opens in new window or tab.
aNewsCafe.com — February 18, 2013

Mistletoe School is one of California's Schools to Watch [Note: the preceding link is no longer valid]
Redding Searchlight — February 17, 2013

Aliso Viejo school nominated for U.S. Green Ribbon [http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-496111-nominated-schools.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — February 15, 2013

Tom Torlakson honors Hughes Middle School in North Long Beach for environmental efforts [http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_22600918/tom-torlakson-honors-hughes-middle-school-north-long] External link opens in new window or tab.
Contra Costa Times — February 15, 2013

Transformation for Gompers school [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/11/gompers-preparatory-academy-riveroll/] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — February 11, 2013

OUSD employees exercise together [http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/08/ousd-employees-exercise-together-as-example-to/?page=1#article-copy] External link opens in new window or tab.
San Diego Union Tribune — February 8, 2013

Orange school is on the cusp of going blue [http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-494930-school-sycamore.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — February 6, 2013

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January

L.A. Unified students face off in healthful cooking contest [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0201-lausd-cook-20130201,0,3733105.story] External link opens in new window or tab.
Los Angeles Times — January 31, 2013

Popularity of International Baccalaureate curriculum growing across globe [http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/popularity-of-international-baccalaureate-curriculum-growing-across-globe/article_f6b51a70-6c19-11e2-b6a2-001a4bcf887a.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Napa Valley Register — January 31, 2013

Between classes: Transitional kindergarten hailed as success [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130122/A_NEWS/301220309] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — January 22, 2013

2 O.C. continuation schools named model campuses [http://www.ocregister.com/news/high-408687-schools-school.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — January 21, 2013

State honors Lemoore continuation high school [Note: the preceding link is no longer validl]
Fresno Bee — January 19, 2013

EDUCATION: Four Inland campuses named model continuation schools [http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/lake-elsinore/lake-elsinore-headlines-index/20130118-education-four-inland-campuses-named-model-continuation-schools.ece] External link opens in new window or tab.
Riverside Press Enterprise — January 18, 2013

Students reap the fruits, vegetables of their labor [http://www.ocregister.com/news/students-383629-goran-slapfish.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — January 16, 2013

District hopes online program will net diplomas [http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130106/A_NEWS/301060308/-1/A_NEWS] External link opens in new window or tab.
Stockton Record — January 6, 2013

2 middle schools among state's 'model campuses' [http://www.ocregister.com/news/middle-382419-schools-county.html] External link opens in new window or tab.
Orange County Register — January 3, 2013

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