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State Business Group Honors Local Schools

An influential statewide business group recently honored three Long Beach Unified School District schools for high academic achievement and tremendous progress closing achievement gaps. California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) and Carver Elementary School received the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Star School Award, while Lowell Elementary School won the Scholar School Award. While both awards recognize outstanding student progress, winners of the Star School Award are drawn from schools with higher numbers of students who come from disadvantaged families. Winners were selected by carefully analyzing academic performance data for each school. Statewide, 74 Star Schools and 187 Scholar Schools were recognized. CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making.