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    Franklin Elementary Honored With California Exemplary Arts Education Award

    Franklin Elementary was named one of 19 schools to win the California Exemplary Arts Education Award.

    The California Department of Education selected schools that demonstrated an exemplary commitment to providing adequate resources and funding for arts education.

    Franklin earned the award by showing it provides a high-quality arts education that is culturally responsive for all students, including English Learners and Special Education students.

    “We are honored to be recognized by the California Department of Education. Our relentless focus on student-centered programs and implementation of innovative and relevant high-quality arts education programs has created passion and K-12 pathways for students who excel in this area. We are extremely grateful for our Assistant Principal, Xochitl Tafoya, who has been the leader of these efforts in incorporating the arts into the school day.”  said Principal Casie Killgore.

    Franklin Elementary will be honored with the award at the California School Recognition Program Ceremony in Anaheim in February 2023. 

    “Congrats to the staff at Franklin Elementary. This faculty and staff work hard to provide a high-quality, equitable arts education for all students, such as the Academia de Folklorico de Franklin. This program is an example of ways to make learning relevant and inclusive,” said Dr. Hilda Maldonado, Superintendent.

    Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Santa Barbara Unified School Districthttps://www.sbunified.org/
    Established on June 6, 1866, Santa Barbara’s educational tradition is one of the oldest in the state of California. Its traditions are rooted in the 18th-century Spanish era. For over a century, our graduates have gone on to become community, state, and nationally recognized leaders.


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