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White House Praises LBUSD in L.A. Times

A White House official quoted in the Los Angeles Times praises Long Beach’s Seamless Education Partnership, a cooperative venture among K-12 schools and higher education.

The recent article by Times reporter Carla Rivera says The Long Beach College Promise, which is Seamless Education’s signature initiative, “is being hailed as a national model.”

The College Promise, now in its third year, “is tackling the barriers that prevent many students from succeeding in college,” Rivera writes.  The initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach.

Noting that the College Promise received national attention at an October education summit in Washington, D.C., the Times quoted White House education official Juan Sepulveda:

"We're looking at communities that are trying to step up and push new reforms, ideas and innovations," said Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which hosted last month’s summit.  "Long Beach has been successful with their Seamless Education Partnership.  This is something that every community is dealing with."

Seamless Education aligns curriculum, instruction and teacher training from pre-kindergarten through the doctoral level.  The program was described as a national model in a case study earlier this year by the Washington D.C.-based Business Higher Education Forum.  The partnership connects LBUSD’s educators with business leaders, LBCC and CSULB to help students progress smoothly through their education and into the workforce.