Sure, but can the kids spell ‘Schwarzenegger?’

The CHIME Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills today was renamed in honor of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Part of the CHIME Institute, the Arnold Schwarzenegger Elementary School “implements a co-teaching model where general and special education teachers provide curriculum and learning experiences that meet the needs of all students,” according to a news release. It was named “Charter School of the Year” by the California Charter Schools Association in 2005, and in the same year was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a leading model of inclusive education. Last year, the school hosted visitors from across the country and the world including from New York, Rhode Island, Korea, Japan, Australia and Scotland.

“I am honored to have a high-quality institution like CHIME Charter Elementary named in my honor. The CHIME Institute shares my commitment to educating all children,” the governor said in his release.

UPDATE @ 2:10 P.M. MONDAY: I almost forgot: today’s the governor’s 60th birthday!!! Maybe the CHIME kids will throw him a pizza party.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.