It’s been a good year for everyone at the Oakland School for the Arts, the charter school that Jerry Brown built. First, they move out of a parking lot and into a fancy new building. Now, the California Department of Education is honoring their school as “distinguished.”
In all, the state education department bestowed this award upon 261 middle and high schools (about 11 percent of the 2,400 in California). OSA was the only Oakland winner this year.
The winning schools met test score requirements and — in a new twist — demonstrated something called a “signature practice,” or something special that they do that can be replicated elsewhere.
You can see the full list of middle and high school awardees here.