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Release: #17-95
December 19, 2017
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California Schools Recognized as National Title I Distinguished Schools

SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated two California schools for receiving national recognition for achievement in 2017. Ulloa Elementary School in San Francisco and Alvarado Elementary School in Signal Hill are two of up to 100 schools being recognized as National Title I Distinguished Schools.

“Congratulations to Principal Carol Fong and Principal Lucy Salazar, as well as all the teachers, administrators, staff, school board members, parents, classified employees, and students for these schools,” said Torlakson. “They are all examples of aiming high, achieving goals, and continuing to move forward and upward—the California Way.”

A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. Beginning in 1996, the program has highlighted hundreds of schools with exceptional student performance, as well as schools closing the achievement gap between student groups.

Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States. It provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.

The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I programs to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children—especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions—have the opportunity to receive a high quality education. More information about the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program is available on the National Title I Association External link opens in new window or tab. website.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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