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Make some noise! A back-to-school assembly

By Katy Murphy
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 at 6:52 pm in achievement gap, middle schools, students.

I hope to watch the year unfold at United For Success Academy, a middle school that opened in 2006 on the Calvin Simmons campus in East Oakland. It won a $4 million grant from the federal government to improve student achievement and has added three hours to the school day for all sixth-graders.

Elia Bustamante, the school principal, says her staff plan to set a more encouraging and less punitive tone this year. They started with today’s all-school assembly, in which they recognized students who raised their state test scores:

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