Very important to recognize the positive achievements of young people.
Compton Unified School District 500 South Santa Fe Avenue Compton, California 90221 pton.k12.ca.us http://www.com Serving Compton Carson Enterprise South Los Angeles Willowbrook
Sunny Yu May 16, 2006
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor Applauds Bunche Elementary School, a 2006
California Distinguished School
COMPTON, Calif., — Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School, part of the Compton Unified School District (CUSD), received high praise from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger during his May Revision budget speech on Thursday, May 11. Gov. Schwarzenegger pointed out the school’s outstanding accomplishments, including dramatically improved API scores, after-school programs and students’ proficient math skills. “I want to hear more stories like the amazing turnaround of the Ralph Bunche Elementary School in Compton…that is what I call a great, great success story. Yes, we need to invest more in education and beyond by record amounts, but we need to get more for our investment just like we see at Ralph Bunche Elementary School.”
Bunche Elementary School has also been selected as one of 377 of the state’s public elementary schools to receive this year’s highest educational honor as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell stated, "These schools are the best of the best. They share a vision of excellence and they have brought that vision to life." The chosen schools represent approximately 5% of public schools from 190 districts in 40 counties. Bunche Elementary, led by Principal Mikara Solomon, is the first school in the Compton Unified School District to receive this honor in the 21-year history of the California School Recognition Program.
“Bunche Elementary School has raised the bar and set a new standard at Compton Unified School District. We hope that all our schools will follow this exemplary achievement. This may be our proud first, but we are certain this will not be the last,” stated CUSD Superintendent Jesse Gonzales, Ph.D.
In order to apply for the Distinguished School award, schools had to first meet the rigorous eligibility criteria for AYP and API. Then schools were selected as nominees from the applicant pool and a site team was sent to each nominated school to validate the application. On March 9, 2006 a California Distinguished School validation visit was conducted at Bunche Elementary School to affirm the contents of Bunche’s application. Bunche Elementary will officially receive its award from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell in a ceremony on May 26 at the Disneyland Hotel.