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Four Bay Area Schools Get Blue Ribbon Honor

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     Four Bay Area schools were honored today for providing an  above-average education to underprivileged students, according to California  Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.

         U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a list of 21  California schools, four of them in the Bay Area, that have demonstrated  dramatic growth in achievement among substantial numbers of financially  disadvantaged students.      The Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which honored 304 elementary and  secondary schools nationwide this year, represents schools that serve  financially disadvantaged students numbering 48 to 100 percent of schools'  student populations.
         The schools have demonstrated considerable progress in  English-language arts and mathematics since 2005, according to a statement  from O'Connell's office. They were nominated in 2009, but had to pass  specific targets of achievement to be certified by the program this year.
         Among hundreds of schools, Lincoln Elementary in Oakland, Two Rock  Elementary in Sonoma County, KIPP Heartwood Academy in San Jose and Nueva  School in San Mateo county were all honored by Blue Ribbon Schools.
         "It's the efforts of our teachers and staff that make this all  possible," said a statement on the Nueva School website. "This award is  simply a visible acknowledgement of the important work that happens each and  every day."

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