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LAUSD, County Schools Award Federal Aid for Low-Income Students

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Several LAUSD and Los Angeles County schools received federal aid to assist low-income students. (Thinkstock)

More than 40 schools that receive federal financial assistance for low-income students in Los Angeles and Orange counties were honored today by the state Department of Education for academic achievements.

Most of the honorees were elementary schools.

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) elementary schools on the Westside that were honored included Crescent Heights Boulevard, Kester Avenue, and Playa del Rey.

Other Los Angeles area elementary schools honored included Avalon Gardens, Chapman, Florence Avenue, Fulbright Avenue, Global Education Academy, Gulf Avenue, ICEF Vista Elementary Academy, Mountain View, Nueva Esperanza Charter Academy, and Robert Hill
Lane.

Outside of LAUSD, other Los Angeles County schools honored were: Elliott in ABC Unified; Anderson, Jefferson and Tibby in Compton Unified; Merwin and Mesa in Covina-Valley Unified; Howe in Culver City Unified; Evergreen in East Whittier City Elementary; Wilkerson in El Monte City; Monterey Vista and Willard in Garvey Elementary; Cerritos, Edison, Keppel and Mann in Glendale Unified; Sunset in Hacienda la Puente Unified; Henry K-8 in Long Beach Unified; Los Angeles International Charter High in the Los Angeles County Office of Education; Washington in Lynwood Unified; Kellogg Polytechnic in Pomona Unified; and, Andrews in Whittier City Elementary.

The honored Orange County schools are Centralia Elementary in the Centralia Elementary School District; Cook and John Murdy in Garden Grove Unified; Arbolita in La Habra City; Sycamore in Orange Unified; Melrose and Morse in Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified; and Currie and Beswick in Tustin Unified.

They were among 106 schools named by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“I am proud of what these schools have accomplished under often challenging circumstances,” Torlakson said. “Their administrators and teachers are committed to giving their students every opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them in school and throughout their
lives.”

The awards are given to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, assists schools in meeting the needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

According to the State’s Dept. of Education, more than 60 percent of the 10,000 or so schools in California participate in the Title I program.

The schools receiving the honors need to demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on state academic standards.

Also, the school’s disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

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