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Release: #19-79
November 20, 2019
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Congratulates California Schools Recognized as National ESEA Distinguished Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today congratulated two California schools for receiving national recognition. Richardson Prep Hi in San Bernardino and Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High in Los Angeles are two of up to 100 schools throughout the country being recognized as 2019 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools—formerly known as National Title I Distinguished Schools.

“Congratulations to principals Jenny Paige and Luis Lopez, as well as all of the educators, staff, administrators, parents, and students at these schools,” said Thurmond. “They represent excellent efforts already underway in California’s public schools to close achievement gaps between student groups, and to serve special populations of students.”

A project of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (formerly the National Title I Association), the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights schools across the country making significant improvements for their students.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides additional resources for vulnerable students and federal grants to state educational agencies to improve the quality of public elementary and secondary education. The association is a membership organization made up of State ESEA Program Administrators and staff from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their states’ compliance with federal regulations. They 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 ESEA Distinguished Schools Program is available on the ESEA Network website.

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

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