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U.S. Senator Feinstein Praises ‘Model District’

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein had high praise for the Long Beach Unified School District during a recent National Leaders Luncheon sponsored by the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Long Beach Education Foundation. "This is a city that in California is noted for education," Feinstein told an audience of nearly 600 people at the Queen Mary. She lauded LBUSD’s distinction as winner of the national Broad Prize for Urban Education for improving student achievement. "Long Beach is serving as a model for districts throughout our state," Feinstein said. "We know Long Beach is producing people who will serve the state well in the professions and in so many other ways." At the luncheon, the senator announced a $100,000 federal contribution to the school district. The funding will help pay for teacher and principal training, expanded college preparatory offerings and other high school initiatives. During her address, Feinstein also recognized two outstanding scholar-athletes with certificates of commendation. Receiving the honors were Lakewood High School senior Lawrence Anderson and Wilson Classical High School senior Cynthia Barboza. Anderson is ASB president and captain of the Lakewood baseball team. He coaches youth basketball and plans to become a history teacher after attending San Diego State University. Barboza has earned early admission to Stanford University and is the youngest member of the USA Women’s Volleyball Team.