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High-poverty Marylin Avenue Elementary thriving under QEIA

3rd-grade teacher Noah King works with his class at Marylin Avenue Elementary in LivermoreA recent press conference held at the award-winning Marylin Avenue Elementary in Livermore highlighted new research showing how the Quality Education Investment Act is helping high-poverty schools excel and thrive. More time for professional development is making a big difference at the school, as are smaller class sizes and more resources provided by what is the largest school turnaround law of its kind in the nation.

For its academic gains, Marylin Avenue Elementary won an achievement award from California Business for Education Excellence, and its faculty collaboration is making headlines.

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Bowers also praised the promise of QEIA: "The students of Marylin Avenue Elementary have benefited tremendously from the Quality Education Investment Act funding. The additional funding has allowed the school to maintain a small class size at every level despite difficult financial times and ensured that all Marylin teachers have received the highest quality professional development. This targeted investment directly into the classroom and into high-caliber instruction, coupled with commitment and dedication from every single staff member, has resulted in a remarkable positive impact on student achievement. The educational and instructional program at Marylin, which is data-driven, collaborative, and individual student-focused, make it not only a model QEIA school, but a model for all schools."

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