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'Thanks for Making A Most Challenging Year So Successful'

By Chris Steinhauser Superintendent of Schools This has been an incredible year. While dealing with Sacramento’s financial mess and its impact on our schools, we not only managed to survive. Our schools emerged with the largest array of major awards and honors in our district’s 119-year history. Thank you for keeping your focus on our compelling commitment. We believe that every student can learn. And in spite of the $2 billion state cut to K-12 public education, we have pursued that belief daily and achieved amazing success. Here are a few recent major accomplishments you should be very proud of. I am so grateful to you for your contributions to these and many other successes we have celebrated this school year: • Broad Prize for Urban Education – Top National Winner of a half million dollars • Education Trust’s Dispelling the Myth Award for achievement and improvement • Education Trust West’s All Kids, All Stars Award for serving diverse populations • Highest-rated Head Start program in U.S. • Largest number of 2004 California Distinguished Schools – 11 schools • Largest number of middle schools win 2004 Distinguished School Awards – three schools • Newsweek's Best High Schools – two schools • National Blue Ribbon Schools – five schools • National Title I Achieving Schools – 14 schools • Grammy Award for music education – one of top seven high schools in U.S. • 59 Teachers nationally board certified • Nation's best geology teacher • Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year • Major League Baseball’s Breaking Barriers Essay Contest – National Winner • Milken National Educator Award • Alumnus earns Presidential Medal of Freedom • National publication features high school special education • Single-gender academies featured on CNN • Only district in state to earn SPARC counseling award or commendation at all high schools • 300 businesses support the first local State of Education luncheon • Business partnerships with schools exceed 1,000 • First on West Coast to provide the PSAT for all tenth graders • New schools built on time, on budget • Busing reduced as new schools open • Balanced budget, no layoffs, no class-size increases despite budget cuts • Further reductions in class size • Successful Board of Education initiatives in reading, writing, math • Best attendance, lowest suspension rate in decades • Ten years of school uniforms in schools now serving 74,000 students • Local high school leads state in UC admissions • State Golden Bell Award for community-based English tutoring • 99 percent of our schools meet or exceed state academic growth targets • Most Inspiring Students honored by legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden