January 21, 2005
Long Beach Mayor Beverly O’Neill praised the Long Beach Unified School District during her recent State of the City address.
"We have schools we can be proud of," O’Neill said. "Our schools are noted as efficient, effective and highly amenable to working in partnership with the city. We are educating a very diverse student body of 96,000 at 95 schools, and 74,000 of those students are wearing school uniforms, which is noted throughout the country.
"The new downtown Cesar Chavez Elementary School that opened with city assistance includes joint use of multi-purpose facilities. It is an outstanding example of cooperation between city government and the school district – cooperation that is becoming more common and more necessary today in the face of shrinking budgets.
"National attention to our schools has occurred because of their success. The Broad Foundation last school year awarded the district the distinction of being the best urban school district in America."
O’Neill praised Seamless Education partnerships among local schools, colleges and universities. She also described the city’s 12 Library Family Learning Centers as a successful partnership with schools to provide computer and homework assistance to 34,000 students each year.