State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell stated in his February 6 State of Education Address:
"Schools that are making progress closing the achievement gap are schools that have infused their culture not only with high academic expectations but with high expectations for character and behavior. Walk into a school that has made strong academic achievement gains, a school like Lee Elementary School in Long Beach, and you’ll see students who respect themselves and their classmates as scholars. You’ll see words like ‘responsibility,’ ‘integrity,’ and ‘commitment’ prominently displayed."
The complete address can be found by clicking here