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WHEREAS, since 2006, only 76 public and charter schools across the nation have received the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) prestigious National Excellence in Urban Education Award; and

WHEREAS, in order to qualify for the award schools must serve low-income communities, yet achieve academic results that exceed the overall state average in over half of the state assessments administered; and

WHEREAS, schools must also demonstrate high levels of academic achievement for every demographic group they serve; have high attendance rates and low suspension rates; demonstrate strong academic progress for English learners and students with disabilities; and present evidence of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and

WHEREAS, finalist schools received visits from teams that included educators, principals and researchers who verified that the winning schools go above and beyond their peers in developing truly amazing learning environments and are among the nation’s best urban schools; and

WHEREAS, Glen Iris Elementary School, Birmingham City Schools, is one of only 16 schools across the nation selected as a 2013 National Excellence in Urban Education award winner for demonstrating curricular rigor, effective instruction and a school climate that stimulates learning; and

WHEREAS, Glen Iris Elementary School was honored with other award-winning schools at the National Symposium on Excellence in Urban Education in Houston, Texas, on May 23, 2013:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education hereby congratulates Glen Iris Elementary School in Birmingham on its selection as a 2013 National Excellence in Urban Education award winner, a school where students, parents, teachers and administrators are proving that excellence in public education is attainable.

Done this 13th day of June 2013